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Though government has banned the use of ‘ankush’, a goad also known by its local name ‘thotti’, for controlling elephants, a large number of mahouts in the state are still using the weapon, animal rights campaigner Heritage Animal Task Force said. The activists sought immediate intervention of the Centre and state governments to put an end to the torture meted out to elephants. However, ankush, the sharp edged weapon made of iron is used on sensitive parts of elephants to compel them to obey the commands of mahouts, said V.K. Venkitachalam, Secretary of the Task Force. Its semi-circle portion, which can cause serious harm, is found applied on the elephants to carry out stressful works. "The state forest department has issued an order in May this year banning the use of iron ankush...

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