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Bellanwila Viharaya Chief Incumbent questions double standards of certain animal lovers

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Bellanwila Dhammarathana Thera yesterday questioned as to why certain people who claim to profess love and sympathy for animals do not talk about the elephants that are severely injured by Hakka Patas, but rather make a hue and cry over elephants being taken care of at temples.

He said this in response to a video clip being circulated on social media on the Myan Kumara tusker who was donated to the Temple by the Myanmar Government in 2013.

He said that a certain organisation has made false allegations that Myan Kumara was brutally beaten or harassed through the video circulating on social media. It is obvious that a certain group is engaged in a conspiracy to remove tamed elephants at temples by publicizing fabricated falsehoods with the aim of destroying the Buddhist culture.

“We totally reject these fabricated false claims and Myan Kumara is very much loved and cared for by the temple authorities,” the Thera added.

“The elephant is now 13-years-old. His mahout is taking care of him with love. He is quite accustomed to people and has a friendly disposition. It has been provided with all the necessary facilities including meals, water and medicine. He is taking a daily walk. He enjoys being in the cool water,” the Ven. Thera said.

The Thera said experts from the Zoological Department have also examined the elephant’s health and have confirmed that it is in good condition. “They also checked the elephant’s diet and the condition of its bath. He is loved by all the Bhikkhus in the temple and is part of the identity of the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya. Hundreds of local and foreign devotees visit the temple daily and take time to see the gentle giant. He continues to sustain an elegant Buddhist tradition and enhances the grandeur associated with the Perahera.”