Veteran actor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan deserves a big applause for saving the life of forty-year-old elephant Kalpana, who has been a victim of cruel commercial exploitation and was suffering for almost four decades till the time Wildlife SOS learnt about her sad situation. Big B’s post about the arrival of blind and lame Kalpana at the Wildlife SOS hospital in Mathura, received supports from all around the world. Recently, a report issued by Wildlife SOS said, “In a generous act of kindness and compassion, the actor wrote in support of Kalpana, a begging elephant, who was rescued from captivity.”
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his Facebook profile about Kalpana, “These elephants are mostly blind, lame, live in isolation and suffer extreme stress and abuse. They are trained using spears, spiked chains and bull hooks that instil severe pain and fear to break the animals spirit. To ensure an elephant can give tourists rides, they are beaten almost every day.”
Amitabh Bachchan reposted a Facebook post by Wildlife SOS writing, “Worked towards saving another elephant in dire state… there is a great joy and satisfaction in giving them the joys and benefits of a normal living..”
Kalpana’s story is representative of the life of nearly 2,500 elephants in India, who live a horrific life in captivity in circuses, temples and at the mercy of people who use them to give joy rides to tourists. All we can say after this is, Kudos to you Big B!