PMs decision not to send Veda to Armenia hailed
- London, May 01: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's
reported decision not to send Veda, a six-year-old
female elephant from Bannerghatta National Park near
Bangalore, to an Armenian zoo has been hailed by
UK-based born free foundation, saying India was
leading the way for other nations to follow.
"We are absolutely delighted that Dr Singh has made
this compassionate decision to keep Veda in
Bannerghatta where she belongs," said Virginia
McKenna, founder of the Born Free Foundation, an NGO
working for animal welfare, and star of the film Born
"There is no doubt in my mind that the suffering Veda
would have had to endure through being uprooted from
her family would have been immense. I would like to
thank all those that have offered us their support in
this campaign", she said.
McKenna said "India is leading the way for other
nations to follow" and added "we truly hope that the
use of animals as diplomatic gifts will soon become a
thing of the past, and would like to strongly
encourage other countries to follow India's example."
Earlier, when it was announced that Veda was to be
sent to Armenia to join the only male elephant in
Yerevan zoo there, animal rights activists opposed it
pointing at the conditions in the Armenian zoo.
Alison Hood, head of campaigns for Born Free
Foundation recently visited the Yerevan zoo in
"The conditions at the zoo are clearly inappropriate
for elephants," said hood. "Yerevan suffers severe
winters, with temperatures often falling below
freezing (point), in stark contrast to the conditions
Veda currently enjoys in India."
GREATNESS OF NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS
CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED- M.K GANDHI.
STOP HUMAN AND ANIMAL SUFFERING - GO VEGAN
I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Helen Keller 1880 - 1968
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