- Posted March 28, 2014 by
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Compassion for Sunder
What can be done to rectify this situation. It is deplorable and gut-wrenching. Why treat him like that? Why not just give him his freedom? Are we barbarians?
There are so many people out there with the means to save Sunder and I hope that this brings more attention to the situation and hopefully a rescue.
They are such majestic creatures and they deserve to be treated as such.
Original Story Below:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Despite Paul McCartney 2012 campaign to save him – 14 yr old elephant remains in chains
Two years ago, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was moved enough by the plight of a 14-year-old elephant named Sunder, chained and beaten by his handlers at Jyotiba Temple in a city south of India's largest city, to start a campaign for his release.
The story has the ingredients for a happy ending, but it didn't turn out that way for Sunder. McCartney managed to make agreements with the Maharashtra State's forest department, and Project Elephant, an Indian government organization, to move Sunder to a sanctuary--but an investigation in February found he'd simply been stuck in a chicken shack, shackled in such heavy chains he couldn't even lie down to sleep.
Even worse, the investigation by rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals captured video footage of the animal looking malnourished and being beaten by its handler.
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