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Dilip KumarBollywood stars endorse a cause for elephants
21st Sept 2007  10.11 IST
By Agencies  


Film personalities, including Dilip Kumar and John Abraham, have taken up the cause of elephants by urging all states to ban the entry of the animals into urban areas.

Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu , John Abraham , Raveena Tandon , Yana Gupta , Rahul Khanna and Celina Jaitley are among those who have signed a petition of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that asks all chief ministers not to allow elephants to enter urban areas.




The proposed ban would be on the lines of restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government.

Other noted personalities who have signed the petition are film directors Mahesh Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and MP Priya Dutt.

PETA said in a press release that the petition is timed to mark the first anniversary of the death of an elephant named Lakshmi, who was killed by a truck last September. The Maharashtra government has already banned the entry of elephants into Mumbai, it said.

"Life in the streets means misery for elephants. They are prodded and hooked with sharp, metal ankuses that cause pain and suffering. When they are not working, the elephants are chained," it said.

"They suffer from potentially deadly foot ailments, skin problems, eye infections and cataracts," the release said.



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