Veterinary clinical scientists called for action to be taken with regard to instances of wild animals over-exceeding the carrying capacity of jungles in the country, as at present there was no plan to tackle such.
Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the University of Peradeniya, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Studies Dr. Ashoka Dangolla said that no efforts were being taken to diagnose for certain and treat common problems which have a fairly high prevalence among elephants such as filariasis, tuberculosis, eye ailments, toxoplasmosis and diseases due to worms.
According to Dr. Dangolla, human beings, primarily the keepers and the mahouts could be the vectors or the carriers of the said diseases.
He added that those who cared about the welfare of animals including animal rights activists, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations did not bother about the keepers and the mahouts.
The problem is in relation to the management of the welfare of the tame elephants and tuskers, even those in places such as the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the Elephant Transit Home, lacking a scientific approach, he outlined.
He noted that captivity was not a natural condition, adding that the majority of the issues affecting the elephants were because they were not living in natural conditions.