In this photograph taken on June 18, 2016, elephants perform a routine at the zoo in Dehiwala near Colombo. AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI
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Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy elite – a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal.Worse, Jayewardene says elephants are almost certainly dying to fuel the illegal trade.Intentionally killing an elephant is considered such a serious crime in Sri Lanka that it is punishable by death – though no one has been prosecuted in decades.Two years ago a group of activists reported catching rustlers red-handed with a baby elephant, but no action was ever taken.Last month, judge Thilina Gamage was arrested following intense pressure from wildlife activists, who accused him of illegally keeping a baby elephant as a pet.The chief custodian of the Temple of the Tooth Nilanga Dela told AFP that at least 80 elephants were required for the event in the historic city of Kandy, in which relics said to be from the Buddha are paraded on the animals' backs.
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