PETA India confirms physical abuse of Assam elephant Joymala

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has submitted a veterinary inspection report to forest department officials in Tamil Nadu and Assam to confirm the continued abuse of Joymala, a captive female elephant at a temple.


  • A four-member team from Assam is currently in Tamil Nadu to inspect the condition of the elephant.
  • Joymala, which was renamed as Jayamalyatha, was reportedly given to Tamil Nadu from Assam on a six-month lease in 2008.

  • The elephant was kept in illegal custody of the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple for over a decade before being shifted to the nearby Krishnan Kovil temple.

  • According to reports, the elephant was thrashed so brutally that it can be heard screaming in pain in a viral video filmed at the Krishnan Kovil temple.

  • There have been several incidents in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere in India in which frustrated captive elephants have attacked and killed their mahouts.

About PETA India :

  • PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) India, based in Mumbai, was launched in January 2000.

  • It works under the principle that animals are not meant to be used, eaten, worn, used for entertainment or abused in any other way.

  • PETA India primarily focuses on the sectors where animals suffer the most, such as the laboratory, food industry, leather industry and entertainment business.

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