Terrible pictures have emerged that shows inhabitants of a village in India firebo*bing a mother elephant and her young calf after the creatures entered onto their farmland.
While the photos have been taken many years back, they precisely document the growing agitation between neighborhood occupants and elephants that are driven out of their homes by human stupidity, for example, deforestation in recent times.
The photos were taken in West Bengal by photographer Biplab Hamza and detail the shocking lengths that a few residents will go to in order stop the elephants harming their yields and property.
The mother and calf can be seen running over a street to maintain a strategic distance from the firebombs that are being heaved at them by a pack of local people. In different pictures, individuals can be seen throwing stones at a group of animals that have crossed into their locale.
At times, the elephants are attacked in their regular natural surroundings. Disheartening photographs additionally report elephants attempting to cross a railroad line that has been constructed directly through their home.
In some cases, elephants are being caused to wander and encroach on people in light of the fact that their very own natural surroundings are being demolished by widespread deforestation.
This means that incidents, for example, the ones caught in these photos are becoming more and more common as elephants come into contact with villagers and their property more frequently.
While the fi*ebo*bing incident is at the most serious end of the range, the arrangement of pictures demonstrates that people are utilizing always brutal strategies to expel the giant animals like elephants, ranging from throwing stones and waving flaming torches, to simply charging the elephants and chasing them off.
Photographer Hamza said: “This happens because the villagers have to save their crops. There many elephant corridors in human habitations. I try to show and spread my photos to increase public awareness on the matter.”
When the pictures were exhibited some years ago, Sanctuary Asia – a conservation foundation – said: “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. India is the world’s stronghold for the Asian elephant and boasts over 70 percent of the global population of the species. But this achievement rings hollow as vital elephant habitats and routes continue to be ravaged, and human-elephant conflict escalates to a fatal degree. The ignorance and bloodlust of mobs that att*ck herds for fun, is compounded by the plight of those that actually suffer damage to land, life, and property by wandering elephants and the utter indifference of the central and state government to recognize the crisis that is at hand. For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the sub-continent for centuries, hell is now and here.”