Elephant rides are against The Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001
The petition said elephant joyrides are a violation of The Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001, framed under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
It is also against the Rajasthan government's order which mandates that permission from the AWBI is required for using elephants in any film, serial, advertisement, function, sport, event, exhibition, mela or any other type of performance, including rides.
Elephants offering rides suffer from blindness, tuberculosis, says AWBI report
PETA India's senior legal associate Swati Sumbly said that the petition seeks to end the shameful practice of forcing sick, elderly, and blind elephants to haul unjustifiably heavy loads through Jaipur.
The petition follows a report by AWBI inspectors which said that elephants offering rides to tourists at Amer Fort suffer from blindness and tuberculosis and are forced to carry loads heavier than 200kg.
Elephant rides are a major attraction at Amer Fort. Jumbos painted with traditional patterns carry tourists up and down the steep slope at the fort. Most of these animals live in the nearby Hathi Gaon.