Petitioner S Muralidharan submitted that the elephant of Suguvaeswarar temple in Salem had been suffering for a long time due to serious painful disease 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 Animal Welfare Board of India Chairman, Major General (Retd) Dr. RM Kharb, on euthanasia of animals and standards formulated by the Animal Welfare Board of India in this regard.
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, deputy director/forest university officer to the principal chief conservator of forests and wildlife warden indicates that the elephant had been examined by a team of veterinary assistant surgeons of Poly Clinic, Salem and Animal Disease Intelligence Unit, it said.
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 death.
"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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