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Apparently the Motor Accidents Claims tribunal in India feels that the lives of humans are equal to the lives of humans. In this bizarre ruling, which was based on a complaint by an elephant rider (mahout) whose 35 year old elephant, Babli had died when a Jeep containing British tourists had rammed into it in 1988. The tribunal awarded the mahout $13,474 as compensation.

And if you are wondering why, the tribunal's answer is that it was at par with humans because it obeyed commands, performed tricks and was the main breadwinner for the family.

Ah, finally i know what it takes to be a human.

Story from Times Online.


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