Praise Organization that Saved Tortured Elephant

Asian Elephant Bath

Target: Co-Founder of Wildlife SOS Geeta Seshamani

Goal: Praise Wildlife SOS for saving Raju, an Asian elephant who suffered for 50 years

Raju is an Asian elephant who has lived his entire life in spiked shackles, relying on hand outs from tourists to survive. On July 4th, 2014, under the cover of night, rescuers from Wildlife SOS removed his chains, dressed his wounds, and took him to a sanctuary where he can live out the rest of his days with his adoptive family. The organization must be praised for their devotion to the well-being of this animal who has suffered tremendously from his previous handlers.

Raju lived in the Uttar Pradesh region in India, where he held out his trunk to passersby for food, where many people would hand him sweets, plastic, and paper for him to eat. After a year of fighting with his owner and the courts for his freedom, Raju was finally released. A team of ten vets and wildlife experts, along with twenty forestry department officers,and six police officers, arrived in the cover of night to relieve Raju of his shackles and take him to a new home.

Rescuers thought Raju would become aggressive during the rescue, but after his shackles were removed he began crying; rescuers believe the elephant shed tears because of the painful shackles and because his life was taking a turn for the better. The spikes were embedded in his flesh and every time he moved, pus could be seen oozing out of the wound. Raju was kept in these conditions for 50 years, but when Wildlife SOS was informed of his condition, they mobilized to set him free. When his owner did not have the legal documents to possess him, it allowed the charity organization to move him to a new home. Raju was loaded onto an open top lorry, given sedatives, and driven to his new home, the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre at Mathura. At the center he was given a healthy meal, a bath, shelter, and his handlers ensured he was properly taken care of.

The organization, Wildlife SOS, should be praised and thanked for saving this elephant. It took them a year to mobilize their efforts, but it has led to the release of an elephant who suffered for 50 long years. Please show your gratitude and admiration by signing this petition.


Dear Geeta Seshamani,

Recently your organization, Wildlife SOS, rescued the Asian elephant Raju from his owner who kept him in spiked shackles. This poor elephant relied on hand outs to survive, and often ate paper and plastic to stop starvation. It’s believed that he’s seen 27 different owners in his lifetime, and wore these shackles for 50 years. It angers me that another human could inflict such pain and agony on another creature, however I am grateful to hear of so many people willing to save this animal.

I am writing this letter praising you for your efforts. This poor creature knew he was being rescued and taken to a better place. I hope he learns that not all humans are cruel and barbaric, and I also hope he will experience a better life at this center. Thank you once again for your efforts and devotion to animal welfare.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Barbara Piuma via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. I read this story online this morning & it made me cry. First to think of the terrible and miserable life poor Raju had experienced the past 50 years, and second that he seemed so happy to be out of his shackles & given a new home. Thank you to his rescuers for their kindness and perseverance. Bless you!

  2. Laurie Armer says:

    Raju cried tears! Animals ARE sentient beings, they ARE aware and intelligent! Thank you for never giving up on Raju and saving his life, a life that can now be lived as it should have been his entire life!!!

  3. Bravo. India needs more people to make changes for animals.

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