Mumbai -Bijlee the elephant has been working continuously for 51 years. She’s never stopped until now. She collapsed; with maggot infested wounds on her legs, in pain and fatigued, and lies where she fell.
The owner of Bijlee, and other elephants, has subjected them to abuse and neglect, forcing them to beg, entertain, and walk for his paycheck. She has been overworked and uncared for all her life.
The group Animals Matter to Me, has taken steps to help this injured elephant. They’ve used a crane to lift her when she falls, have brought food for her, and started treating her wounds. The first couple days, they had help from neighboring people; however the majority have left her now.
Bijlee needs help. AMTM has requested the following:
1. A vet with knowledge of treating injured elephants. From any part of the country. A contact number, a lead or any information would help.
2. Someone who can help transport Bijlee to the Animal Hospital in Parel. A crane has been coming in every day. But she’s too weak to stand, and the ropes are not being able to hold her up. A specialized crew who has some idea of transporting large animals would help. Again, any information, any leads would help.
3. Volunteers. Today there were 5 people there. And they need help, to run around, to put pressure on the system, to mobilize support, to organize food, to find vets…you get the drift. Please come. If we have 50,000 people there, we can create a noise and put pressure on the system. Hopefully, some politician or even the state government will come forward.
4. Donate: Generously. Bijlee needs food and medicines. Every little bit you can contribute will help save this magnificent creature. And I believe you get a tax exemption. Even more reason to donate.
It’s raining. They are trying to build a shed. In the meantime she’s covered with black tarpaulin, so her wounds don’t get worse.
If she dies, shame on every one of us. If we can’t save one elephant, how will we save our city, our forests, our rivers, our mountains.
You can send proceeds in favour of “Animals Matter To Me, Mumbai” to:
B601, Shyam Nagar, Blue meadows
Off JVLR, Behind Majas depot,
Jogeshwari (East)- Mumbai 400060
Landmark – Ganpati Mandir Lane.
Online fund transfers can be done to our saving bank account (SB a/c) in the name of:
“Animals Matter to Me, Mumbai”
SB Account number – 911010036376599
IFSC/RTGS Code: UTIB0000395
Axis Bank, MIDC branch, Andheri(E), Mumbai-400 093
All donations are tax exempted under section 80G Income Tax act Receipts will be couriered
Call Ganesh at 9819380310
Shormistha at 9820284062
Parag at 9867303540