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Elephants banned from Delhi parade




2009-01-17 - New Delhi, India
For almost six decades Indian elephants in elaborate headdresses have been part of the annual Republic Day parade through Delhi. This year, however, the bejewelled elephants that traditionally carry the winners of children’s bravery awards will be absent from the parade for the first time since it began in 1950. Because of concerns about safety and animal rights the 20 children in the parade will now ride in military vehicles. The Defence Ministry said that it had taken the step partly because...



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