Rescue Gajraj the Elephant From Alleged Torture at Temple

Target: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Goal: Rescue Gajraj the elephant, who has reportedly been tortured and held in captivity for over 50 years, from the Satara Temple.

A 63-year-old elephant named Gajraj has allegedly been living in devastating conditions for most of his life. Currently, he is being kept in chains as a tourist attraction at the Satara Temple in India. Before he was there, he was used by handlers to beg visitors for money. Since becoming ill and too sick to continue doing that, he was left at the Satara Temple.

Gajraj’s living conditions were revealed anonymously to The Sun newspaper in the U.K. in the form of video footage. Due to being chained to a hard floor, he has apparently developed abscesses on his hind quarters and elbows. He reportedly spends time every day trying to free himself from those chains. Pictures also show that the ends of his tusks have been cut off and that he has overgrown and broken toenails on all of his feet.

He is also exhibiting classic signs of severe psychological distress, presumably as a result of both his social isolation and the terrible conditions he is living in. He is apparently not receiving the appropriate care because he can no longer make the handlers any money, but he does not deserve to die in agony because of that.

Something needs to be done to save Gajraj and to prevent this from happening to more animals in the future. Sign this petition to demand that the appropriate measures are taken as soon as possible.


Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

Gajraj the elephant is dying in agony at the Satara Temple and it seems that no one at that facility cares. You have the power to do something about this and to send someone in to rescue Gajraj before it’s too late.

He has reportedly spent the majority of his life being tortured and held in captivity. At the Satara Temple, he is chained to the ground and completely alone. This is driving him into severe psychological distress that no living creature deserves to experience.

We ask that you help save Gajraj and take the measures necessary to implement legislation that prevents this from happening to more animals in the future.


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Photo Credit: Vinoth Chandar

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  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    NO Animal Should EVER be Confined/Imprisoned!!! Set Gajraj from the Torture he has endured in this Horrible Temple, NOW!!!

  2. This is a beautiful, majestic animal and is 63 years old…please give him the gift of a peaceful, loving retirement. Please give him that gift.

  3. Temples are usually built to honor God. By torturing this poor animal, they are dishonoring God..

  4. This is not a Temple, this is Hell !

  5. This is so heartbreaking. This poor elephant needs to be rescued immediately.
    It’s so disgusting that these religious people treat their animals so horribly. Why do almost all religions treat animals horribly?? What kind of a god would approve of this??
    This poor elephant Gajraj has been tortured all his life. If the government does not rescue him, I hope that the animal activists involved will go in and rescue him THEMSELVES. It’s unlikely that after all this time, the government will do anything.

  6. Nooshin Perla says:

    Gee, I thought Temple is a place to worship God, and they are torturing Elephant???? What kind of DEVIL are these who call them selves human????
    STOP the stupidity and let this MAGNIFICENT creature to be free and live his/her life in peace!!!


  8. Anyone who treats animals like this IS NOT HUMAN!! And is a barbaric society !! We MUST fight for the voiceless!! Shame on India!

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