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Some recent interviews on Human-Elephant-Conflict (HEC) Brigitte U Kornetzky spoke about in Assam

tv -interview on Times8 with Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky "Assam forest departments are corrupt" °



°  কাজিৰঙা-কাৰ্বিআংলং ইণ্টাংকি হস্তী প্রকল্পত অব্যাহত শিল মাফিয়াৰ দৌৰাত্ম্য 


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WHERE THE ELEPHANT SLEEPS received THE 3RD TIGER AWARD FOR BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION 2019 as a key-note speaker on Human-Elephant-Conflict (HRC), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

The second tiger she received for her Documentary films Where the Elephant Sleeps and Elephant Kitchen at the 3RD TIGERLAND INDIA FILM FESTIVAL, January 2019


We were present again with a stall of Elefanten in Not and the film Where the Elephant Sleeps. Tausands of students have come to see the film and ask questions about the life of these elephants. Inspirational Speaker for the elephants: Brigitte U Kornetzky

Awarness program with Where the Elephant Sleeps Documentary in Jaipur, India

Brigitte U Kornetzky showed the movie to over twenty schools and colleges in Jaipur and interacted rwith the students.

° City Palace School WTES screening ° St. Edmund`s School WTES screening ° Subodh Airport School and College WTES screening ° ICG International Girls College WTES screening ° Sanskar School WTES screening ° Maharaja Sawai Bhavana Singh School WTES screening ° Paramount Public School WTES screening ° Shanti Asiatic School WTES screening ° Jaipurya Vidhyalaya School and College WTES screening ° Malvyia Convent School WTES screening ° St. Nicolaus School WTES screening ° MGD School WTES screening ° IIS School WTES screening ° WTES screening at TOSS, The OPEN SPACE SOCIETY, Jaipur

All school and college screenings have been conducted with the presence of Brigitte and interaction with the students. 99% of the screenings have been conducted in Jaipur, where the major hub of misuse on elephants is happening due to the demand of the tourism industry and greed and money making owners with illegal rides on Amer Fort. The students were extremly enthusiastic and wanted to help ban the rides. The screenings have been documented with photographs and video. In order to move this forward, a whatsapp group had been set up, namely WTES Jaipur, an exhibition with produced paintings on elephant topics had been conducted at City Palace, named "Euphoria", a survey with questions on elephant welfare had been conducted as well, and 1000 postcards are purchased and will be painted with selected elephant topics and related images and send to the Chief Minister and the Forest Minister of Rajasthan. We have received a meeting with both the officials and have presented our petition together with a letter of solutions. The meeting took about half an hour each. The 1000 Postcard Action as well as the paintings and elephant drawing action turned out to be very beautiful. The most intense and beautiful paintings and drawings will be awarded, and the other artefacts with elephants might be sold in an online-auction beneficiary to cover the travel expenses for school children to Smiling Tusker Elephant Camp in Manas. In Manas the students will learn where the Rajasthan elephants come from and where their homeland is and how it looks like. Accordingly they can easily deduct how much these elephants suffer in the dry heat on asphalt roads in Rajasthan. They will learn about conservational and biodiversity issues in a rich environment where they can see elephants in the wild for the first time in their lives. 

After the screening of the short version we lined up with the teachers for a group picture. Hotel Clarks Amer, with Timmie Kumar, Help in Suffering.

6th Indian Cine Film Festival-18, India

on 09 Sept 2018 in Mumbai.

Time: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Venue: Grand Hometel, Mumbai- Behind Inorbit Mall, Mind Space, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064

7th Kolkata Short Film Festival

Official Selection of Where the Elephant Sleeps. The festival will be held on 22 July 2018 in Kolkata. Venue: Hotel Monotel, DM-2, Salt Lake, Sector-V, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091

PETA India sends legal notice to Rajasthan government over elephant abuse

Jaipur: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent legal notices to Rajasthan Departnment of Archaeology and Museums as well as Forest Department asking them to stop illegal elephant rides at Amber Fort and Hathigaon. The notice comes fresh at the heels of the latest report after inspections authorised by the government’s Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) which reveals the shocking abuse faced by captive elephants, which includes among others the use of blind elephants and many suffering from tuberculosis (TB) for these rides.

Response to Notice In response to their notice, PETA India received a letter from the Superintendent of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, who has forwarded a copy of the notice to the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) of Rajasthan stating that since the department requires a health certificate from the zoo and a No Objection Certificate from the CWLW before granting permission for rides, the CWLW should determine whether the elephant rides should be permitted. What the notice reveals In the legal notice, PETA India pointed out that these rides are illegal because none of the elephants used are registered with the AWBI, which is in violation of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001, framed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the 2010 order of the Rajasthan government which mandates that any use of elephants requires permission from the AWBI. Furthermore, the report reveals that the elephants at Amber Fort are being forced to carry loads heavier than 200 kilograms, which is the legal maximum for these animals on hilly terrain, as per the 2008 "Guidelines for Care and Management of Captive Elephants" issued by the central government. The legal notice further explained that the weight of the howdah combined with the safety gear and one mahout alone weigh around 200 kilograms. PETA condemns act Speaking about it, PETA India Senior Legal Associate Swati Sumbly said, "It's shameful and embarrassing that sick, elderly, blind, and TB-infected elephants are being forced to haul tourists through one of India's most beautiful historic sites.” She further added, “PETA India is calling on the Department of Archaeology & Museums and the Forest Department to stop this criminal abuse of elephants and these illegal rides immediately.” Representatives of PETA India recently met with the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan and the Additional Chief Secretary of Tourism, Environment and Forests and submitted a copy of the latest AWBI inspection report to them. AWBI inspection report reveals According to the report, among the 102 working elephants examined in Jaipur, many were found to be more than 50 years old. Ten tested positive for TB, which can be transmitted to humans, and 19 were observed to be visually impaired, rendering them unfit to give rides because of the danger posed to both themselves and the public. All were found to be suffering from various foot problems, including overgrown toenails and bruised footpads, and many displayed stereotypical behaviour patterns, such as repetitive swaying and head-bobbing, indicating severe psychological distress. Additionally, the tusks of 47 elephants appeared to have been cut, in apparent violation of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, raising suspicion that the tusks may have entered the illegal wildlife trade. The post-mortem reports for four elephants who died within a period of five months in 2017 indicate that most had been suffering from respiratory diseases – possibly TB – and a heavy internal parasitic load. More than 100 travel agencies – including global operators such as TripAdvisor, The Travel Corporation, Intrepid Travel, smarTours, STA Travel, and TUI Group – have committed to not offering activities that exploit elephants.

Who is the man with the hatchet?

That is Ballu Khan, part of the family who claims ownership of Suman. He is well known for extreme cruelty in getting elephants to comply with his wishes. The images below show his methods, which include hitting elephants with a hatchet! The cruelty inflicted on this elephant is well documented in Brigitte Kornetzky's documentary "Where the Elephant Sleeps." The elephant shown below being hit with a hatchet later had to be euthanised. Where the Elephant Sleeps reveals the hidden truth about the abuse of elephants in Jaipur working in the tourism industry.

Protest by ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS with Where the Elephant Sleeps, 20. April, 2018…/…/india-kerala-elephant-welfa…

Protest by ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS UK reaching out to PM Modi to help our elephants. With participation and support from Elefanten in Not/Elephants in Need. The big picture in the middle shows the elephant Anar in Ballu Khan`s elephant stall and the small grey picture is the elephant Anno in Hathigang, Elephant Village, both Jaipur, and part of the documentary Where the Elephant Sleeps. Amongst others, both elephants succumbed to death. Our letter...…/ ...and the link to the independent:…/india-kerala-elephant-welfa…