New footage filmed by an animal rights group shows an elephant being beaten and whipped at a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. According to Metro UK, an elephant named Myan Prince, is lying down in a pool as he is beaten by an owner. 

Animal rights groups opposed the treatment. Maneesha Arachchige, an activist from Rally for Animal Rights and Environment (RARE) told Metro UK she is very concerned about the elephant,”We are very concerned for the welfare of Myan Prince. He seems to be being beaten on a regular basis and the temple seems unconcerned. If action is not taken quickly we fear for the safety of those around the elephant as well as Myan Prince’s safety and wellbeing.”

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Multiple videos, posted by animal rights group RARE, show torture, including one where Myan Prince is crying as he is whipped by his owner. In 2018, Myan Prince was blamed in the Sri Lankan press for killing an elderly monk. The temple denied the reports, saying the monk died of a heart attack.

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You can sign the petition to put Myan Prince back in the wild. The IUCN red list of threatened species places Asian Elephants as ” endangered” and “severely fragmented.” Estimated population stands between 2,500 and 4,000.

Read more about elephants in One Green Planet, check out these articles:

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