Richa Chadha, who has always been vocal about her opinions on social issues and important causes, has been approached by PETA to become the face of the Save the Elephants Campaign. The international organisation and Richa have sent a letter to Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, to seek the office’s support as it is a very important campaign.
“Over the past several years, elephants have been victims of train accidents that have occurred on the tracks that pass through heavily forested and elephant-crossing areas. These gentle animals are run over by oncoming trains that do not stop to take stock of the damage they’ve caused. The serious recklessness on behalf of the employees and government officials has caused the deaths of several elephants, adults and offspring alike. Richa will take on the cause to not just get the government involved but also inform people about the accidents that are on the rise and how they can be curbed,” said a source.
“It is almost shocking how, in 2018, this still happens where an elephant gets hit by a train and either loses its life or by some chance, it survives, help doesn’t manage to reach on time. So when PETA asked me to become the face and appeal to the CM of Odisha, I was more than happy to write that letter,” she said in a statement.
“We need to teach our train drivers about elephant crossings. The forest guard should put more signs from the earlier stations to inform the train drivers about elephant crossing areas and heavily forested areas. Little things will change the fatalities, I hope these changes help the larger cause. Because they are the best and don’t deserve something so tragic happening to them,” she added.