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Administer euthanasia if elephant's health condition demands: Madras HC directs veterinarian

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today directed a to administer to an ailing if he finds that it would be cruel to keep the animal alive.

An animal lover had moved the court seeking to euthanise the which has developed due to constant lying down for over a month due to serious complications in of one of its feet.

The petition was filed before first bench of and Justice

Petitioner S Muralidharan submitted that the of in Salem had been suffering for a long time due to condition of her left foreleg, which cannot be medically or surgically treated or cured.

The court gave the direction after going through the circular of the Board of India Chairman, (Retd) Dr. RM Kharb, on of animals and standards formulated by the Board of India in this regard.

The decision to perform is ultimately to be taken by the in charge of the area based on the guidelines and rules and regulations, it said.

The bench after going through the materials placed before it in its order said it was patently clear that steps taken for the treatment of the elephant Rajeswari, have not been successful.

A letter from Dr. N.S. Manoharan, to the conservator of indicates that the elephant had been examined by a team of surgeons of Poly Clinic, Salem and Animal Disease Intelligence Unit, it said.

On examination it was noticed that the elephant was administered killers, anti-inflammatory, nerve tonics with of anodyne ointment and rubifacients.

The elephant suffered from stiffness and had great difficulty in moving.

The bench further said though the treatment was continued only marginal improvement was noticed.

The prognosis was 'guarded to grave' which means intensive treatment and care till her

"From the report it is patently clear that the elephant is in agony with remote or rather no chances of recovery," the bench said.

"The elephant is suffering. It seems euthanasia should be performed so that the elephant is relieved from prolonged agony and suffering," it said.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:50 IST