Borrowed: Laurence Eve Van Atten’s Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

This photograph is an image of Laurence Van Atten’s trip to India to help free the “dancing bears.” She writes:

Sloth bears, an endangered species, are poached from the wild and have their nose pierced with a hot poker heated up over a flame. After their teeth are knocked out, the bears undergo a brutal training process. To date, 491 bears have been taken off the streets and released into our sanctuaries. We work closely with the local people to provide them with alternatives. For example, we donated sewing machines so the women can sell rugs and blankets and don’t have to rely on dancing a bear to feed their families. We have made considerable progress, but with 200 bears still on the streets today, the job of liberation has just begun.

While exploring the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India, I saw a macaque approach. I saw the shot lining up and fumbled to get my camera ready in time. I got the shot just as the monkey ambled past.

For more information, please visit International Animal Rescue.

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One Comment

  1. Ann Thayer
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    nice picture/great contrast – I know Laurence too – I’ve known her mother Beth very well since the late 1980′s while working with her at Paton Elementary School.

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