Snake Charmers know very well how to make money by exploiting belief. It’s upto us to rid ourselves of superstitions and pity!
Cobras are caught several weeks before the festival of Nagpanchami or generally for street entertainment or by Sages/Sadhus who roam around in saffron robes, conning pilgrims and innocent people!
The mouths of these Cobras are stitched, fangs and teeth are broken, they are locked up in dark, unhygenic baskets for several days, they are offered no food or water, haldi, kumkum and other irritants are sprinkled on them, forced to drink fluids (milk) that they can not digest (they vomit it out!), they are roughed up and tortured to show their hoods at each and every devotee’s house.
How much more can these reptiles handle? They really can’t and suffer a slow, agonizing death.
Take action – if you spot a snake charmer, firstly never pay & encourage them, inform the local Forest Department, NGOs working for snakes/wildlife conservation and even the nearest Police Station.
Spread this message to as many as possible and let’s save these reptiles together.
Photos used in this Article are kind courtesy of “Friends of Snakes Society“