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Old 11-08-2017, 03:58 PM
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Elephant abuse in India...

The horror elephants face in India — in one heartbreaking photo
November 8,`17 - The back legs of the baby elephant are consumed by fire as it chases after its startled mother, screaming.
In the chilling photo, a flaming ball of tar — the source of the fire, along with a few hurled firecrackers — is frozen in the air as a crowd sprints away from the petrified pachyderms. Many things in the photo are unclear: the fate of the calf and its mother, the reason the men are attacking them on a road cut through a forest, whether the practice has a formal name or is just a random bit of sadism. But in an instant, the image — titled “Hell Is Here” and snapped by Biplab Hazra — has shined a light on some of the darkest moments of the conflict between humans and elephants in India, whose lives increasingly overlap in what will soon be the world’s most populous nation.

A mob in India throws flaming balls of tar and firecrackers at two petrified elephants.

In his entry to Sanctuary Wildlife’s Photography awards, Hazra describes what happened when the mob met the large animals: [The] calf screams in confusion and fear as the fire licks at her feet. Flaming tar balls and crackers fly through the air to a soundtrack of human laughter and shouts. In the Bankura district of West Bengal this sort of humiliation of pachyderms is routine, as it is in the other elephant-range states of Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and more. Hazra’s photo won the top prize at the Sanctuary awards, which drew 5,000 entries from across Asia. Eight photographers were awarded prizes.

Several of the winning photos highlight the compassion or cruelty or just downright oddity of human-animal interactions: villagers trying to save a trapped leopard from a well, a monkey peering out from a car’s wheel well, a dead shark in a plastic crate on a crowded dock.

But the photo of the elephants hit a nerve with people across the world:
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