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HC notice to Rajasthan govt on elephant rides at Amber Fort

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

The High Court today issued a notice to the government on a petition seeking to stop elephant joyrides at and the nearby elephant village.

The petition was filed by (PETA), after a report said that the elephants used to offer rides to tourists at the fort near are often forced to carry loads of more than 200 kilos.

Elephant rides are a major attraction at Jumbos painted with traditional patterns carry tourists up and down the steep slope at the fort.

Most of these animals are kept at the nearby elephant village, Hathi Gaon, which is also a tourist attraction.

A bench of and Justice G R Moolchandani issued notices to the Forest Department chief secretary, the and the

PETA India's Associate said the court also issued notices to the Animal Welfare Board of

In the petition, the animal rights body said the rides are illegal as the elephants are not registered with the Animal Welfare Board of (AWBI).

This, the petition said, is a violation of The Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001, framed under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

It is also against the government order which mandates that permission from the AWBI is required for using elephants in films and at events like exhibitions and fairs, PETA argued.

The petition follows a report by AWBI inspectors which said the elephants offering rides to tourists at the suffer from blindness and tuberculosis, and are often forced to carry loads heavier than 200 kilos.

Last month, the organization had sent legal notices to the Rajasthan and the Forest Department, asking them to stop the rides.

The next hearing in the case is on July 30.

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First Published: Thu, July 19 2018. 18:30 IST