Mob tries to burn elephants alive
An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire in eastern India highlights the ongoing human-elephant conflicts in the region.
The image shows a calf on fire as it and an adult elephant run for their lives — as a crowd of “jeering” people throws “flaming tar balls” and firecrackers at the pair.
“The ignorance and bloodlust of mobs that attack herds for fun, is compounded by the plight of those that actually suffer damage to land, life and property by wandering elephants and the utter indifference of the central and state government to recognize the crisis that is at hand,” the magazine said in a note accompanying the photograph.
“For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the sub-continent for centuries, hell is now and here,” the magazine said.