New Delhi, June 4: The killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala has shocked the entire nation. The elephant was allegedly fed a pineapple with firecrackers inside leading to her death in Silent Valley Forest on May 27. The firecrackers exploded in her mouth when she chomped on the fruit.
The Kerala government on Wednesday said a wildlife crime investigation team will probe the brutal killing, while the Centre took a serious note of the incident and sought a report from the state. Social media too was outraged with the inhuman treatment meted out to the animal and condemned it.
Condemning the act, India captain Virat Kohli too took to his official Twitter handle and expressed grief over the brutal act of humans towards an innocent animal and urged everyone to bring an end to these cowardly acts. "Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let's treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts," the Indian captain tweeted.
Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let's treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts. pic.twitter.com/3oIVZASpag— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 3, 2020
Kohli's deputy in limited-overs Rohit Sharma, who is also an animal-rights activist, too was heartbroken and said that no animal deserves to be treated with cruelty. "We are savages. Are we not learning? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty," he wrote.
We are savages. Are we not learning ? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 4, 2020
Meanwhile, Kohli was criticised by some for his 'selective outrage' and questioned the Indian cricketer for not condemning other acts of violence happening around.
Are you appalled with this too, dude! Spare your fake outrage pic.twitter.com/AV4v4derJx— Quarantined Atmanirbhar (@ratheeshvij) June 3, 2020
Is aadmi se mujhe ab ghin aane lagi hai.... tapti dhup me paidal chalte majduron aur unke chhote chhote bacchon ko dekhkar ye besharm Tiktok bana rha tha.....— Khizer Patel (@khizer_patel) June 3, 2020
What about others who died in Delhi Riots & CAA/NRC revolts, hope you would have tweeted are put out a pic pic.twitter.com/oiIuexklaW— BigB (@BigB40298331) June 4, 2020
The guy who uploaded a video of acting like dinosaur the same day when 16 migrant workers got ran over by a train in India. https://t.co/3W9F8FsXsF— The Saudade Guy (@arunrajpaul) June 3, 2020
I really appreciated. For the same like you celebrities should rise voice against migration labours walking around states to reach home . Nothing help and no tweets.. Why Fear ah Kohli ?.— Unity Bird (@mks_subbu) June 4, 2020