For Immediate Release:
8 August 2018
Ahead of World Elephant Day, Award-Winning Actor Calls for Signs, Decreased Speed, and Other Much-Needed Measures to Help Keep Elephants From Dying on Train Tracks
Mumbai – Just in time for World Elephant Day (12 August) and motivated by a recent incident in which a group of elephants was fatally hit by a speeding train in Odisha, award-winning actor Richa Chadha sent a letter on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s behalf calling on the Ministry of Railways to implement safety measures to combat the huge number of elephants deaths on train tracks.
A copy of Chadha’s letter to the Honourable Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal is available upon request .
“Recently, a speeding train struck and killed a family of elephants in Odisha, adding to a toll that makes India the nation with the highest number of train accidents involving elephants,” writes Chadha. “I respectfully request that among the solutions implemented, states be required to survey and monitor railway lines for elephant activity and to reduce and restrict train speeds in corridors frequented by these animals in order to save lives.”
As Chadha notes in her letter, Asian elephants are considered to be endangered, and there are – at most – only 50,000 of them left worldwide. Yet between 2016 and 2017, dozens of them were killed in India because of trains, and over the years, the number of these types of deaths has been increasing. In a span of 23 years – from 1987 to 2010 – 150 elephants died while crossing railway tracks, but in only eight years, from 2009 to 2017, 120 were killed in the same way.
Chadha’s previous work for PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – includes appearing in a dress made of lettuce in a 2014 campaign encouraging fans to go vegetarian. And in 2015, she wrote to the traffic police regarding concerns over horses who were made to give rides in Mumbai.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.