Indian conservationists hail Paris Hilton over binge-drinking elephants

November 14th, 2007 - 5:41 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 14 (ANI): Conservationists in India have hailed socialite Paris Hilton for highlighted the plight of binge-drinking elephants.
Activists said Hilton had highlighted the plight of elephants that got drunk on farmers’ homemade beer and then ran amok in north-east India.
They also proposed Hilton to visit the remote region that is home to the world’s largest concentration of wild Asiatic elephants.
The heiress made the comments after learning about how six wild elephants that broke into a farm in the state of Meghalaya were electrocuted after drinking supplies of home-made rice beer then uprooting an electricity pole.
“There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn’t chased them away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago. It is just so sad,” the Daily Snack quoted Hilton, as saying.
“The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them,” she added.
Sangeeta Goswami, head of animal rights group People for Animals, said: “I am indeed happy Hilton has taken note of recent incidents of wild elephants in north-east India going berserk after drinking home-made rice beer and getting killed.” (ANI)

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