The book Gods in Chains was commissioned by the WRRC as an attempt to offer insight and solutions into the existing living and training conditions of captive elephants. The book highlights the often desperate condition of India’s captive elephants – in private ownership, temples, forest departments, zoos, and circuses.
Gods in Chains opens a new chapter in the process of devising and implementing better management and welfare practices for captive elephants. The book serves as an easy guide for students, policy makers, animal welfare activists, bureaucrats, and virtually any individual who would like to make a difference in the lives of these great wild creatures with whom humans have forged a deep and abiding relationship.
WRRC was awarded the Proggy Award by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) for the book, Gods in Chains by Rhea Ghosh for the Social Cause Book of the Year 2005.