ABOUT People For Animals
PFA is India's only national animal welfare organization. Started in 1994 at a time when there was no organized animal welfare movement in India. Since, it has over 32 hospitals, working 24X7 for do animal rescue work, lobbying for animal rights and legal work related to animal welfare. PFA hospitals rescue over 5000 animals a day.
People for Animals is supporting Wildlife SOS in their efforts to rescue the captive elephants of India and run a rehabilitation centre for them in Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
Every year about 600 elephants die in India and most of them an unnatural death due to starvation, beating and atrocious treatment. I have decided to do my bit to save them by spreading awareness about this brutality. There are only 22,000 elephants left in India.
Most of the elephants are illegally captured (about 6,000) and used for begging, carrying heavy logs of wood amongst other things, used in the entertainment industry and in turn treated poorly. They suffer poor mental and physical health due to often being chained for up to 23 hours each day. Due to this, they have to stand in their dung and urine for long hours. When not chained, they are made to walk dozens of miles on the hot tarred roads in the most terrible heat, without food or water and poked with a severe iron rod on the most sensitive parts of their head. They are fed an unbalanced, unhealthy diet with very low nutritional value.
Elephant Conservation and Care Center” ECCC in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh is a project of Wildlife SOS India, an organisation supported by People for Animals, that works towards protecting the wildlife. They rescue, rehabilitate and take care of food and treatment of the animals in this centre. ECCC is in the middle of natural vegetation with open fields and is flanked by 215 acres of forest on one side and a river on the other side to allow elephants to live in their natural habitat and be cared for simultaneously.
However, creating and running a rescue centre for the blind, lame and crippled elephants costs a lot of money. The government of India does not give any grants to support such centres. Therefore organisations like these are left to their own devices to rescue and rehabilitate all the elephants.
Wildlife SOS has rescued and rehabilitated 18 elephants so far from adverse conditions from all over India. Wildlife SOS first put their concern about the plight of captive elephants in entertainment & tourism into action by rescuing abused performing elephants in 2009. Since the establishment of the Elephant Conservation & Care Center in Mathura in collaboration with Project Elephant and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, three circus elephants Maya, Rajesh and Bijli have already been rescued and rehabilitated. In July 2014, Wildlife SOS received worldwide recognition for rescuing Raju, an abused working & performing elephant who had been severely mistreated and kept in spiked chains for 50 years.