Tuskers forcibly removed from an Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka
Two baby tuskers were forcibly removed from it's orphanage and separated from their mothers by the Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela of Dalada Maligawa. Nilanga Dela is not only accused of ill-treating the two tuskers named Raju and Sindu, but also of other tuskers at the Dalada Maligawa.
Controversy regarding the two baby tuskers forcibly taken from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela has taken a new turn, with environmentalists accusing him of ill-treating not only Raju and Sindu but also the tuskers at the Dalada Maligawa.
Lord Buddha's tooth relic is housed at the Dalada Maligawa which is a place where both the local community as well as foreign tourists visit. The present Diyawadana Nilame, Nilanga Dela is not only accused of hitting one of the baby tuskers but also using heated iron rods to burn the baby tuskers to get them to obey his orders.
The Mahanayakes who are responsible for protecting and preaching Buddhism are allegedly supporting Dela to inflict cruelty on Raju and Sindu. Photos of Dela hitting one of the baby tuskers with a long pole was released to the media recently. According to reliable sources Dela allegedly used heated iron rods to burn the baby tuskers to get them to obey his orders.
The baby tuskers are said to have been still suckling when they were separated from their mothers.
Environmentalists say that the elephants were taken from their mother while they were still suckling.
Jagath Gunawardena, an environmental lawyer said that both the baby tuskers and their mothers are suffering because of this ordeal.
"The mothers' udders have swollen because they're unable to give milk. It's not only the babies but even the mothers that are suffering," he said.
A spokeswoman for Sathwa Mithrayo argues that the government's constitutional requirement to safeguard and develop Buddhism in the island should not be at the expense of rare wild animals.
Sathwa Mithrayo spokeswoman Sagarika Karaunananayake argues that the government's constitutional requirement to safeguard and develop Buddhism in the island should not be at the expense of rare wild animals.