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I was helpless in protecting elephants: Ishini

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Sharing a post on Facebook, Ishini Wickremasinghe who resigned from the post of Director-general of the Department of National Zoological Gardens said yesterday she was helpless in protecting elephants being forcibly taken away from Pinnawala.

‘Sri Devi’ is a very loving and affectionate elephant in Pinnawela. I was helpless in protecting her and the other elephants being forcibly taken away from Pinnawala, Ishini said in her Facebook post.

Ishini Wickremesinghe has reportedly resigned from the post of Director-general of the Department of National Zoological Gardens in protest to returning illegally captured elephants to the alleged smugglers.

Sharing a video on Facebook, the elephants being loaded onto the trucks at Pinnawala, Ishini said it was an act of taking away their freedom.“what cruelty it is to take away their freedom for one’s individual interests,” Ishini added.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • Decentgent Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:10 AM

    The Magistrate in question should be investigated whether there was any political pressure for his judgement for allowing the elephants to the smugglers. Their freedom is lost.

    Srima Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:24 AM

    Will they care if you resign? But we do. Stay and fight.

    Ranjan Gurusinghe Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:32 AM

    It's so sad to hear these stories. Being an animal lover and a veterinarian it's heartbreaking.

    Johan Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:32 AM

    This is what we call this govt as "jungle palanaya"

    Sara W Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:39 AM

    This nation is disgraceful at every corner Be it the begging for $$ , animal treatment and enthicity or religion 2500 of disgrace!!!

    varuna Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:42 AM

    Thank you, 6.9 million wise voters. Another achievement that we couldn't have achieved without you!

    ravin Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:46 AM

    Not only you, but all professionals are also helpless with automatically grade eight got through stogies. We are getting all signs of brain drain.

    Rudy shane Robert Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:52 AM

    Totally Agree with you Ishini

    Kiri putha Saturday, 11 September 2021 10:10 AM

    We are not able to think who is telling truth . Some of educated officers are working with political mind. Elephants habe being living in personal places and temples since long time. Not only in pinnawala . Nadun Gamuwe Tusker is one example

    Jef Saturday, 11 September 2021 10:13 AM

    We need more people like you around the world to stop cruel things happening to animals and marine life's humans have become deadly creatures o much hungry for money even distroys the nature .today the human creatures are suffering with diseases viruses current pandamic etc we all leave for a little time in this planet but distroys everything with long lasting effect plus keep up the good work don't give up god watching

    Freddy Foxx Saturday, 11 September 2021 10:14 AM

    This job position needed a person with deep insight on the subject and this lady had it with 90% of the zoo staff backing her. Just see where we are heading. Expect more high profile resignations caused by frustration.

    Lumbini Saturday, 11 September 2021 10:58 AM

    You did all you could. Thanks and appreciated. We all want to speak for elephants as they could not do it for themselves. Poor animals. very sad.

    Be Fair Saturday, 11 September 2021 11:15 AM

    The way things are happening we are all Helpless

    Ali Don Saturday, 11 September 2021 03:37 PM

    Look after the elephants in the wild. They invade villages in search of food and get killed by villagers.

    Kps Saturday, 11 September 2021 04:10 PM

    We are with you Nature lover.

    James Saturday, 11 September 2021 06:09 PM

    There you have it, the government you voted for.

    Terrence Saturday, 11 September 2021 07:48 PM

    Sri Devi maybe a relative of Pavithra Devi

    Ravi Senanakake Saturday, 11 September 2021 08:46 PM

    It's also sad to know that religious entities are often party to these heinous acts of cruelty.

    Dat Saturday, 11 September 2021 08:48 PM

    We need more officials like you who really care about these beautiful innocent souls Madam. Please don't give up the fight like this!

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 11 September 2021 08:54 PM

    First they went for Tamils, you Sinhalese were gleeful and happy. Then they went for Muslims, you Sinhalese were hype, proud and clapped. Then they went after the elephants, you Sinhalese are just resigned. Now just watch out, they are now coming for your Sinhalese so that those Tamils, Muslims and Elephants can have the last laugh.


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