Demand Zoo Free Shackled and Isolated Elephant

Elephant by Jim Bowen

Target: Mr. Maroof Afzal, Chairman of the Capital Development Authority, Islamabad

Goal: Move elephant that has been living alone in shackles to a sanctuary where he can happily live out the rest of his life.

Kaavan is the only elephant at the Marghazar Zoo and has been for the last 28 years. For many of those years, he was shackled on all four feet. Elephants are social animals and travel in herds and establish deep connections with other elephants in the wild. Marghazar Zoo has been robbing Kaavan of basic needs for nearly three decades.

Earlier this year, animal rights supporter Samar Khan visited the zoo herself. Upon arriving, she saw the horror that Kaavan was living in. All four of Kaavan’s legs were chained up and the elephant did not move from his one spot for over 45 minutes. She stated that the only thing the elephant moved was his head that was swinging left and right repeatedly. Ms. Khan couldn’t let Kaavan live like this anymore. She spread the word about Kaavan’s condition in Islamabad, Pakistan, and started a petition to help the elephant.

The response was great and the Capital Development Authority ordered the removal of Kaavan’s chains. However, Kaavan is still stuck alone. Sign this petition below and demand the Capital Development Authority to move Kaavan to a proper sanctuary where he can happily live out the rest of his days.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Chairman Afzal,

Recently, you demanded the Marghazar Zoo remove the chains from the legs of Kaavan the elephant. Thank you very much for seeing how cruel it was to keep Kaavan chained up. However, Kaavan has also been in solitude for the past 28 years. This neglect is just as cruel as the chains.

Elephants are social animals. In the wild, elephants travel in herds and establish deep connections with other elephants. He is demonstrating many psychological issues like repeatedly swaying his head back and forth. It is time to move Kaavan to a sanctuary where he can live a happier and healthier life among other elephants.

Please see that this solitude is just as damaging to Kaavan as the chains were.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Heather Norwood

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2 Comments

  1. BARBARIC WICKED EVIL AND CRUEL ALL IN THE NAME OF THESE GREEDY ZOO’S, THEY TRULY DON’T GIVE A TOSS TO THE ANIMALS THAT LIVE IN THESE HELL HOLES…..WHY IS THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES ALLOWING THIS, FREE THIS POOR SAD MISERABLE SHELL OF AN ANIMAL THAT LIVES IN TORMENT AND MISERY SHAME ON YOU BASTARDS THAT HAVE DONE THIS TO THIS POOR ELEPHANT LET HER BE WITH ELEPHANT IN A SANCTUARY TO ROAM, YOU LOW LIFE SCUM BAG PERPETRATORS HAVE MADE ENOUGH MONEY OUT OF HER LET HER GO TO PEOPLE WHO WILL LOVE AND RESPECT HER AND HOPEFULLY ONE DAY SHE MAY BE ABLE TO FEEL LIKE AN ELEPHANT AGAIN WITH PEOPLE WHO WILL RESTORE HER FAITH IN DECENT HUMAN BEINGS.

  2. It is beyond me why people who have seen this animal for the last 28 years did not question it being in shackles. Where is the sympathy or empathy?

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