Ear Hustle 411 came across a very disturbing photo that won a wildlife photography competition that shows a mother elephant and her baby calf being set on fire.
The photo was taken by Biplab Hazra in the Bankura district of West Bengal, India where unfortunately there is conflict between locals and elephants.
According to the Photographer, the baby calf ‘screamed in agony as it ran from the mob and trying to catch up with its mother as she fled for her life.
The photographer said, ” for these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the subcontinent for centuries, hell is now and here,’ he said.
No one knows what has happened to the elephants but we do know it was at the hand of brutal Indian villagers.
According to Mainak Mazumder, who lives in Bankura, villagers were responsible for ‘heavy habitat destruction’ and that ‘elephants have been subjected to terrible abuses and tortures’.
Wild Elephants have also been known to wreaked havoc on farmer’s lands by destroying crops, damaging farmland, and many times have ‘killed innocent people’. This does not make it okay for them to set the animals on fire.