World Animal Protection an international animal welfare charity, has written to Prakash Javadekar, the Environment Minister of India and Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar seeking urgent intervention in stopping the proposed display of elephants at Sonepur Fair in Patna, Bihar.
The elephants are displayed for sale at the famous Sonepur fair. In the last few years however, the arrival of elephants at the fair had become almost negligible after a ban on their sale was imposed in 2000. However the demand for an intervention comes following a report in the New Indian Express dated 6th November 2019, Stating ‘Panel formed to ensure jumbos turn up at Bihar’s famous Sonepur fair’.
Many traders regularly misuse the exemption to elephants given under Section 40 to trade in these animals in Sonepur under the guise of gifting. The charity has been running a campaign to end the exemption accorded to elephants in Section 40 of the Wildlife Protection Act. The petition has garnered support from 30,000 people till date.