Wild elephants hunt for food at a landfill in Pallakkadu, Sri Lanka, on January 6, 2022.Picture: Achala Pussalla (AP)
Wild elephants are well-known intelligent creatures known for displaying incomparable compassion in the world of animals. But humanity has put elephants in difficult places, and there can be no stronger than dumping in Sri Lanka.
A group of Asians at risk elephants have done so have been searching for food for years, and about 20 have died after eating plastic. Sadly, two other extinct giants died as a result of human waste dumped last week.
As Associated Press reports, a landfill near the village of Pallakkadu in the east of the country. A veterinarian interviewed by the AP said the two dead elephants swallowed polythene, food wrap, and several other plastics. To make matters worse, there were no traces of the food elephants found in their bodies.
According to the AP, environmental degradation of elephants has forced them to move closer to humans and their habitat. Due to the lack of food, the elephants have moved to garbage dumps to try their luck. But doing so puts Asian elephants at risk of eating things that should not be eaten, including plastic or other sharp objects.
Although the Sri Lankan government has been planning for at least four years to repair plastics in open-air dumps and install fences around their facilities to prevent this disruption, efforts have not been made. The village of Pallakkadu — a garbage dump located in nine villages — at one time had an electric fence around a garbage dump. But it was affected by lightning and has not been repaired or modified since 2014. The site does not properly repair its waste.