And finally… no more riding while elephant’s trunk

New animal protection laws will ban people from riding elephants while drunk.

The legislation in Sri Lanka will also require domesticated elephants to have biometric identity cards.

Furthermore, the regulations mandate a daily two-and-a-half-hour bath for each animal. There are about 200 domesticated elephants in the island nation, with the wild population estimated to stand at 7,500.

The new laws will mean all owners will need photo identity cards with a DNA stamp for the elephants under their care. Nor can baby elephants be used for work or separated from their mothers.

Those who break the rules could be jailed for up to three years.

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