Success: Abused Indian Elephant Rescued


Target: Katrick Satyanarayan and Greeta Seshamani, Co-Founders of Wildlife SOS

Goal: Commend Wildlife SOS for freeing tortured Indian elephant

An Indian elephant has just been declared free of its abusive owner after half a century of torture. Raju the elephant was nearly forced back into his abusive home, but a recent petition called for his freedom and met with inspiring success. Raju is now being cared for by an Indian wildlife preservation society, named Wildlife SOS, that is providing him with physical and emotional rehabilitation. These wonderful animal rights activists deserve our thanks, admiration, and encouragement for saving this animal and countless others across India.

Raju was captured when he was still young and forced to work as a street-performing beggar. In order to make him beg, several “trainers,” though “torturer” better fits their job description, hit him with spiked sticks when he refused to do what they commanded. This process is called “breaking” an elephant. After this, Raju was forced to beg for 50 years and made to wear spiked leg chains every evening to ensure that he wouldn’t escape.

Thankfully, Wildlife SOS rescued Raju from this horrific state of affairs during the night, but the abusive owner then took legal action in an attempt to regain control of Raju. He argued that Raju was his property and must be returned immediately. Thankfully, the court ruled that elephants cannot be personal property and is allowing Wildlife SOS to remain in control of him. Since rescuing him from his barbarous captivity, Wildlife SOS has spent more than $40,000 on rehabilitating him and integrating him into a herd in their wildlife sanctuary.

The effort and dedication that Wildlife SOS has shown is commendable and must be encouraged so that it can continue. Please sign below to show your appreciation for this group and the good it has done for Raju and all animals that have suffered cruel treatment throughout the world.


Dear Mr. Satyanarayan and Ms. Seshamani,

I want to thank you first and foremost for all of the work you have done since your organization’s founding in 1996. Secondly, I want to specifically thank you for the amount of effort and dedication that you showed in rescuing Raju the Indian elephant. Without your help, this majestic creature would still be suffering at the hands of a torturer. His liberation and subsequent victory in court are thanks to you and your organization.

It’s no secret that many animals in India are under threat of poaching or even murder because they are sometimes dangerous. However, their danger only comes from human encroachment on their habitats. Without you, many more animals would be suffering. Please continue your good work with my blessing.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Thomas Schoch via Mosmas via Wikimedia Commons

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