Help Sunder, an Elephant Chained and Beaten, Finally Gain Freedom

For six years, Sunder was chained and abused at the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, India, but the Maharashtra Forest Department and Project Elephant gave orders to retire Sunder to a sanctuary. Instead, Maharashtra Member of Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore, who had given the elephant as a “gift” to the temple, sent him to be chained in an old, dark poultry shed in Warananagar.

2012-05.Sunder chained

Please click here to urge authorities to transfer Sunder to the Wildlife SOS elephant center in Mathura immediately.





 

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  • mmanikandanaathan

    free sunder gain punya

  • Crista

    This letter purpose is to urge authorities to move Sunder to the wildlife SOS sanctuary in mathura immediately. This is the right and moral action to take.
    Thank you-
    A concerned American citizen

  • J Lawrence

    Please rescue this beautiful young elephant before it’s too late for him and he gives up on his miserable existence. These gorgeous animals do not like to be on their own they are herd animals and need to be with other elephants. No one should be beating this poor boy, he cannot help being as big as he is and as strong as he is. PLEASE PLEASE release this poor mite.

  • Fatima Ahmed

    I beg the concerned authorities to transfer Sunder to the Wildlife Elephant centre in Mathura immediately. Isn’t a six-year long torture enough for a poor, helpless animal? And why? What has he done to suffer such brutality? Please take immediate action. His tormentor, the
    cruel mahaut, should be given the severest punishment possible.

  • KRISTA BERISH

    THIS ELEPHANT IS GOING TO DIE IF NO ONE GETS HIM OUT OF THERE.YOU KNOW ABOUT IT SO NOW DO SOMETHING,DONT IGNORE IT. EVEREYDAY HE GETS IGNORED IS ANOTHER DAY OF BEING TORTURED…..FREE SUNDER NOW!!!

  • kaned80@hotmail.com

    i’m sure you are going to do the right thing, send this beautiful elephant to retire

  • Tabs Mills

    please allow this poor abused elephant to go to a sanctuary, to live in peace and happiness! Thank you!

  • Sue

    Please freed him now he needs a better life please don’t leave it any longer

  • Geeta

    How can TORTURE occur in the premises of a TEMPLE !!!!!
    I Urge the authorities to transfer Sunder to the Wildlife SOS elephant center in Mathura immediately.

  • Tracy Meredith

    Someone has to help this elephant, it has suffered enough at the hands of these people. It is showing India to the rest of the world in a very bad light. Take the right course of action and release Sundar to the sanctuary in mathura immediately. Everyone would love to see Sundar have a happy life, please please please let him go to this sanctuary.

  • Paula Meredith

    Please free this incarcerated soul…. Let him live as god intended and feel grass under his feet. Search your heart it is so wrong to keep a living being in this way. Please free Sunder.

  • Janice Dion

    Sunder needs to be released to a sanctuary.Please let him.

  • Judy Maxwell

    Please free Sunder from the horrible life he has had. He has been abused, beaten and made to live in an old chicken hut. Please send Sunder to the Wildlife SOS. He also is chained so tight he can hardly move. The world is learning about this horrible abuse of Temple Elephants.

    Judy Maxwell
    Canada

  • pepeNature

    Why does the Jyotiba Temple hate Sunder so fiercely? It just keeps beating and beating and beating this baby elephant, and when people notice, it moves its operation to a dark shed so it can secretly continue beating and beating and beating Sunder. How many blows does Sunder have to painfully endure until someone in India stops this slow death? Does he die by 1,000 blows? 10,000 blows? At what point do laws matter?

  • Geraldine Larson

    MOVE SUNDER TO A SAFE SPOT, NOW!!!. The world is watching…closely. We do not want Sunder to suffer these horrible traumatic senseless extreme beatings and abuse any longer. We want Sunder safe. Do the right action and move Sunder to safety now!

  • Vanessa

    Free Sunder he deserves his peace

  • Beryl Williams

    Please, some compassion for this noble animal !

  • D Novak

    Free Sunder now!!

  • Lorraine Hammond

    Please allow Sunder the freedom and peace of a Sanctuary thank you

  • Joanne

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi quotes (Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948)

  • Janice Koenig

    transfer Sunder!

  • Celia McWilliam

    Please stop this cruelty and free Sunder now. As a living being he deserves your respect and compassion.

  • Henn Bea.

    PLEASE MAKE 2014 VERY SPECIAL FOR BABY SUNDER.HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG,YET HE SUFFERS SO MUCH.

  • elise allen

    It is beyond believe that politics and inflated egos are the root of slowing Sunders freedom to sanctuary,freedom from pain and suffering and freedom from terror. This is absolutely appalling,and frankly sickening. This poor elephant is suffering so at the hands of heartless men. Look into what is left of sunders eyes and find it in your heart to release him to sanctuarynow. Respectfully, Elise Allen

  • vesna bank

    All Animals deserve freedom and respect…free Sunder now !

  • Susan Mackay

    The time has come, let the beast free now

  • Brandy Monroe

    Sunder needs to go to The Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC). The High Court has ordered Sunder’s release. Sunder’s well-being that is important — not to mention at risk — here.

  • claudia hernandez

    For the love of God, please find it in your heart to help free Sunder, this beautiful boy needs it

  • christina klein

    Please give him a species-appropriate habitat, this is animal cruelty!

  • sandhya rathod

    Please free this innocent beautiful elephant,

  • Sara Dawn

    Dear Sir,
    For six years, Sunder was chained and abused at the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, India, but the Maharashtra Forest Department and Project Elephant gave orders to retire Sunder to a sanctuary. Instead, Maharashtra Member of Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore, who had given the elephant as a “gift” to the temple, sent him to be chained in an old, dark poultry shed in Warananagar.
    Please help free him to a real sanctuary. He does not deserve to be treated like this!
    Sincerely,
    Sara Dawn

  • Andrea Hunting

    This must stop now

  • deane

    I hope to hear you are freed and that this traumatic experience does not affect the remainder of your life

  • a a vijay kumar

    I appreciate your efforts to save this elephant. Such a magnificent animals made to live a pitiable life.

  • Kim short

    Free him!!!! Can’t even believe this is going on !!!

  • Bernadette LaPonte

    There are so many people begging for Sunder’s freedom. If you want the world to see you are a nation of compassion, then do what you know is right. How you can view that horrific video of Sunder being beaten while he Is chained by two legs and not immediately react to have him relocated is unfathomable. Elephants are one of the most intelligent, beautiful, loving creatures known to man and yet you are condoning and prolonging his abuse. Please give him the life he deserves where he can experience human kindness for the first time and learn that all men are not his enemy but a friend that will love and appreciate the true gift that he is. FREE SUNDER NOW, PLEASE! An American who wants justice.

  • Judy malone

    Sunder’s appalling story is now known around the world. It is impossible to understand why your government cannot or will not intervene. We certainly hope to read by the end of this month that she is on the road to a sanctuary and to recovery.

  • Kate Garner

    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Lisa D’Abramo

    Please, whoever can help Sunder do it now.
    I read India considers elephants property-OK, if that’s the case why is it necessary to mistreat and abuse this beautiful animal regardless of Sunder being considered property.

    I fail to see any logic in allowing this abuse to continue.
    For the sake of humanity, and for the sake of Sunder, get Sunder to a safe and secure place and provide the necessary care.

    Shame on those committing this atrocity
    Shame on those for allowing it, and not following through those judgments that are supposed to free Sunder!
    The world is watching and waiting.

    Lisa D’Abramo