Target: Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, Maharashtra Forest Minister
Goal: To immediately rescue and remove 13 year-old elephant, Sunder, from the Indian temple where he suffers constant abuse and mistreatment.
A 13 year-old elephant, Sunder, has been imprisoned at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India for the last six years. He has been poorly treated by his handler, or mahout, and subject to abuse and starvation, often barely getting a meal of raw rice, or sometime even given tobacco and other hazardous substances. He is tied up with spiked chains and has been observed with wounds all over his body, most recently under his right eye, likely from his mahout hitting him with a sharp, metal-tipped weapon. He received no care for these wounds; animal rescue officials had to step in to provide veterinary care.
Elephants are social, intelligent animals who are used to walking 18 hours a day and living in tight-knit family groups. Elephants kept in temples to represent the Hindu god Ganesha have often been ripped away from their families at a young age. Keeping them in captivity causes boredom and loneliness, and captive elephants are often observed swaying, rocking, and head-bobbing—all symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. They also experience pressure sores and arthritis from years of lack of exercise and standing on hard floors.
Sunder was donated to the temple, and while temple officials have been approached to take better care of Sunder and provide relief for him, they have done nothing. Now Paul McCartney has even stepped in to try to have Sunder rescued.
Sign the petition below and ask the Maharashtra Forest Minister Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam to immediately rescue Sunder.
Dear Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam,
The 13 year-old elephant, Sunder, who has been kept at the Jyotiba Temple for the past six years, has experienced years of abuse and neglect. He is not even given access to adequate food and water, and when he is fed, he is often fed food that only increases his malnutrition. He is regularly abused by his mahout and has received little to no veterinary care for wounds sustained from the abuse.
Visitors to the temple are concerned for Sunder’s well-being. They have seen him chained up and wounded. Elephants were not made to live in captivity, especially chained up and barely fed the way Sunder is. I am asking you to please step in and rescue Sunder immediately from his poor care. He does not deserve to be chained up for the rest of his life, which is becoming increasingly short as his treatment worsens. Do the right thing by the concerned animal lovers, and by Sunder.
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