NEW DELHI - India's first elephant sanctuary would soon come up in a fenced forested space near Bengaluru, a rights group. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka, have teamed up to create the 49.5-hectare sanctuary using the solar electric fence. The vast expanse of the sanctuary within the Biological Park will allow the elephants to move about freely, bathe in ponds,
and socialise without being restricted by chains, said a statement by PETA. "The Bannerghatta Biological Park is being modified which will allow elephants to live naturally. The sanctuary is home to 15-year-old Sunder, who was liberated by the Supreme Court in 2014 from a harsh life at the Jyotiba temple in Maharashtra. It now houses 15 elephants", said Manilal Valliyate of the PETA India. "With the freedom to engage in natural behaviour within a large, open space to call their own, Sunder and his new family have the opportunity to thrive", said PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura.