(Action against the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation for poorly treating a baby elephant)
A mahout from Surin, Thailand, claims the government has seized and mistreated his elephant, and is asking for help to file a lawsuit against state officials who have put the animal at death's door. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) unfairly confiscated his elephant, and put the elephant at risk of "imminent death" because of poor treatment.
The department filed a complaint with officers at Krapo police station accusing the mahout of possessing wildlife without permission. State officials then removed Phang Taengmo (the baby elephant) to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) in Lampang province as state property. The Surin Public Prosecutor Office did not charge the mahout with illegal ownership, and then ordered the DNP to return Phang Taengmo to him.
He went to see the elephant at TECC on Sept 9. He couldn't take her because she was in a coma and had been in this condition for who knows how long. The officials say she was scared of some adult elephants when she was in the water and damaged her nerves causing the paralysis but there is no strong proof and 2 different stories on what really happened to her. He claims he found that she had injuries "all over her body" and could not stand. She appeared paralysed and in poor health. He was told by a veterinarian at the centre that Phang Taengmo could die within two months. The mahout said the illegal 15-month confiscation had adverse impacts on Phang Taengmo and resulted in her being weak and sick.
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