Yes. It is barbaric! It is indeed criminal. It is unforgivable — especially in a Buddhist country where Buddhists, supposedly, value life & elephants play a major role in Buddhist temple processions.
But, alas, I can understand!
It is easy to be ‘holier than thou‘ when you are NOT hungry & facing poverty. And that is the problem here. Elephants are eating crops & impacting the livelihood of poor, hungry village people. That is why I can’t get too angry about this. What would I do.
Yes, I have never had to make such a choice.
In my youth I planned to go back to Ceylon (as it was then) & devote my life to protecting the wildlife. Well, I didn’t. Do I still have time? I don’t know.
She does NOT need a $40,000 gold coffin (and all the handles etc. are indeed real gold) to make her look good or enhance her image or reputation. This tawdry looking casket diminishes her. Yes, by all means dress her well and put jewelry on her — but she didn’t need such a casket.
I would have thought her upbringing in a religious family would have ensured humility in death. Yes, this could be her family rather than her. But, you would think they would have known better.
There is plenty of poverty in Detroit. It has one of the highest poverty rates among the 20 largest U.S. cities. I had expected better from her. C’est la vie.