Writ Petition(s) (Civil) No(s). 743/2014 Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre and Others versus Union of India & Ors
The present matter involves the issue of captive elephants especially in the State of Kerala. The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 18.08.2015 directed the temples or Devaswom to register to the District Committee under the Kerala Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules, 2012 for keeping the captive elephants. That further the Hon’ble Court directed the Chief Wild Life Warden to ensure that all the captive elephants existing in the State of Kerala are counted and in the absence of obtainment of requisite certificate under Section 42 of the 1972 Act and the declaration made under Section 40, appropriate action shall be initiated against the owners.