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Friday, December 22, 2006

Elephant killed in crash is 'on par' with human

The Times
December 22, 2006


Elephant killed in crash is 'on par' with human
By Jeremy Page in Delhi

A court has awarded £6,850 in compensation for an elephant that was killed in a road accident, on the ground that it was a “living being at par with a human being”.

Babli, a 35-year-old elephant that belonged to Salim Khan, died after it was hit by a speeding Jeep while carrying four British tourists around the Amber Fort near the historic city of Jaipur in 1988.


Full story:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,25689-2514975,00.html

This is a decision of the High Court in India. It would be helpful to see the full judgement of the Court to see if the story is accurate.

It could simply be another case where the Court decided on a result which was just in the circumstances but had to employ unusual reasoning to arrive at the result.

Hopefully the precedent will be strictly confined to the question of compensation for the death of an elephant belonging to a professional mahmout in a road accident.