The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on 29 January 2015 announced to create India's first fenced elephant sanctuary within the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka. The forested space will allow elephants to move around freely within the secure area.
The model of the sanctuary was designed by the PETA consultant and elephant expert Carol Buckley and it will come up in an area of 49.5 hectare within the Biological Park which is an extension of the Bannerghatta National Park.
The sanctuary will allow the herd to roam and bathe in ponds freely without being restricted by chains or without any human interference and to allow elephants to live naturally.
PETA will train local caregivers in the principles of protected contact. Protected contact is a method of ensuring safe interaction between human beings and elephants by keeping them separated by a sturdy barrier and using positive reinforcement techniques instead of the age-old routine of physical punishment to manage the elephants.
Further, there is a provision for the elephant and mahout training facilities and safety measures.
When: 29 January 2015