Paris Hilton drunken elephant comments welcomed by conservationists

  • 14 November 2007

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton has been praised by conservationists after she voiced her concerns for drunken rampaging elephants in India.

The animals drink homemade rice beer on farms and go on dangerous rampages.

Six elephants were killed last month after drinking the potent concoction in the state of Maghalaya. They were electrocuted after an electricity pylon was uprooted in the fracas.

‘There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn’t chased them away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago. It is just so sad,’ the socialite said in Japan last week.

‘The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them.’

Her comments were welcomed by conservationists, who believe it will raise awareness about the problem.

Some have said she should visit the region and discuss the loss of habitat which is driving the elephants to farmland.

Hilton has been keen to focus on charity work after she was convicted earlier this year for drink driving.

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