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Sri Lanka Bans "Drunk Driving" Of Elephants In New Protection Law

Logging elephants cannot be formed for added than four hours a day. (Representational)

Sri Lanka will affair bound elephants with their own biometric character cards and ban their riders from bubbler on the job beneath a absolute new beastly aegis law.

Many affluent Sri Lankans -- including Buddhist monks -- accumulate elephants as pets to appearance off their wealth, but complaints of ill analysis and animality are widespread. 

The new measures are aimed at attention the animals' abundance and accommodate austere regulations about alive elephants, as able-bodied as mandating a circadian two-and-a-half-hour ablution for anniversary creature.

Official annal appearance there are about 200 calm elephants in the South Asian nation, with the citizenry in the agrarian estimated at about 7,500.

The new law will crave all owners to ensure that animals beneath their affliction accept new photo character cards with a DNA stamp.

It additionally brings in assorted regulations for alive elephants. 

Baby elephants can no best be acclimated for assignment -- alike cultural pageants -- and cannot be afar from their mothers.

Logging elephants cannot be formed for added than four hours a day and night assignment is prohibited.

There are new restrictions on the tourism industry too -- from now on, no added than four bodies can ride an albatross at once, and they charge sit on a beefy saddle. 

Their use in films is banned, except for government productions beneath austere veterinary supervision, as is acceptance their riders to alcohol while working.

"The being who owns or has the aegis of such elephants shall ensure that the mahout (rider) is not arresting any liquor or any adverse biologic while employed," Wildlife Aegis abbot Wimalaweera Dissanayaka said in a archive notification anachronous Thursday.

Owners charge accelerate their animals for a medical check-up every six months.

Those who breach the new law will accept their albatross taken into accompaniment affliction and could face a three-year bastille sentence.

Capturing agrarian elephants in Sri Lanka is a bent answerability amiss by death, but prosecutions are rare.

Animal rights activists as able-bodied as albatross experts accept declared that over the aftermost 15 years, added than 40 babyish elephants accept been baseborn from civic wildlife parks.

(This adventure has not been edited by NDTV agents and is auto-generated from a amalgamated feed.)

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