news Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 05:30
Screenshot Malayalam actor Fahad Fasil seems to have got into trouble over a video showing an elephant lifting him that appeared on Facebook recently. Heritage Animal Task Force, Thrissur, has filed a petition to the DGP of Kerala against the actor, the uploader of the video, the elephant’s owner and the mahout for cruelty against animals. A copy of the petition has been forwarded to the secretary of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Chennai and the Prime Minister. The 21-second-long video was uploaded on June 1 by Metromatinee.com, a webpage that posts latest information about Malayalam cinema, evidently praising the actor for his "courage". In the video, the elephant is seen lifting Fahad a number of times, as the actor clings to the elephant’s tusks, the mahout encourages and a photographer shoots the event.   The petition demands that the actor and the elephant’s owner be booked for violating the Prevention of cruelty to Animals Act 1960. It also points out that the owner of the elephant does not have ownership certificate as per declaration of Wildlife Stock Rules, 2003.   Earlier in May, the Supreme Court had banned parading elephants during temple festivals without the clearance from AWBI and also prohibited usage of elephants for entertainment purposes.   Moreover, according to AWBI guidelines, a pre-shoot certificate has to be obtained before using animals for film shooting. A post-shoot clearance is also mandatory, without which, the footages should not be exhibited for public viewing.  

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