Sunder Update

2013-11.Sunder being beaten

As you know, Animal Rahat works to free elephants from temples, where they’re used to beg for money and where they are usually chained 24 hours a day, unable to take even a single step in any direction. I have an update on Sunder, the 14-year-old elephant who, when we first discovered him, had been beaten so badly that his eye was injured. You may recall that last year, we launched an international campaign and got the government to order his release to a sanctuary. But then his owner secretly moved him, and no one knew where he was.

We finally located him chained inside a dark poultry shed. A PETA India investigator managed to get video footage of Sunder lying helplessly on the ground in chains and being beaten mercilessly. PETA India submitted its evidence to the Bombay High Court, and the good news is that last week, the court ordered Sunder to be released by the end of the year! All we can do now is hope that this time we have won for good!





 

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  • jinny malik

    Free Sunder….Please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carlos E. Ruiz

    Animal liberation!!!

  • esther chalaby

    PLEASE free SUNDER NOW!!!

  • Glynys wood

    This is outrageous such cruel, barbaric and inhumane it needs to stop. These poor defenseless, voiceless animals do not deserve to be treated this way. Please put a stop to this now. This is so morally wrong that poor Elephant should be walking freely not being beaten, confined and ridiculed for entertainment. So wrong, so heart breaking

  • Eileen McDonald

    Release this elephant now, she could be dead by the end of the year, this totally unacceptable, and wrong on all levels, this beautiful sentient being has waited far to long for justice, release her now

  • irene cooper

    I WISH IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND, THIS MAKES ME SICK,

  • S Somerville-Franz

    By the end of 2014? That seems unnecessarily lengthy. I hope she’ll be safe until then.

  • Suzanne Kerr

    FREE Sunder NOW .. This Abuse is absolutely disgusting.. Sunder should be FREE as the courts ruled. Why are you not obeying the law ? Stop This Now PLEASE !!!

  • Drea Van Scott

    Please release this beautiful elephant from a life of misery.

  • Ann Swissdorf

    Mercy, peace, and sanctuary for Sunder!

  • Nadia

    It’s almost February 2014….have they released him yet? I pray for his freedom. Humans can be so cruel and ignorant.

  • mark astley

    Sounds like deja vu with the lennox tragedy. Sort it out now !

  • Bianca Beyer

    I have been follwing Sunder for a good long time. Praying for her release. Please God get her out of there.

  • BRENDA ROBINSON

    Dear Bombay High Court:

    WHY must Sunder wait until the end of the year to live free and without cruelty?
    Please, have compassion for Sunder, and let him start to enjoy his new happy life with other elephants now. He is not a criminal. Why must he serve a sentence? He has done absolutely nothing wrong. Please, how would you feel if this was you? Sunder is not a happy elephant, and why would he be. He has nothing in his life now that an elephant needs to be happy, plus, he is abused, we have seen the video and photos. Sunder does not deserve this. Please, release him ASAP to an elephant sanctuary so he can be with other elephants and start to LIVE his life. Please.

  • Sheri

    The end of the YEAR? 2014? Ur joking, right? What happens to him until then? Thats a longggg time from now! #FreeSunderNOW!

  • Laurie Amos

    Free Sunder now!!! Send him to sanctuary now!!! Fine his owner and ban him from ever going miles near him. For if he does and Sunder is free who knows what will happen for elephants never forget! Sunder will die without. Basic needs like exercise. Could you Imaging a life without being able to move and get fresh air and sunshine? Free this creature NOW!!!its urgent

  • Camilla Kærslund

    Animal Liberation Now!

  • Tina Selsmark

    :((( break My heart

  • g. brewer

    Why wait till the end of the year? Now is the best time, while he is still alive!!!

  • c

    What is the current status? 3/26/14??

  • TERESA

    It kills me to see this happening!! Why isn’t anyone getting Sunder out now!!?? How can these people be so heartless? Id love to beat that guy with a stick and chain him up along with everyone else that is part of this cruelty!!

  • Phil

    This is a dangerous decision. Once the owner gets close to the date he must release the animal, he can kill him with impunity. The guy disobeyed the last time when he went into hiding. He should be pursued for not complying to the law then and the elephant should be left to the care of PETA.

  • Tricia Campbell

    what a horrific situation and why is this awful excuse for a human being allowed to be her handler? What is the current situation and where can we write, what can we do to save this elephant and others? WHAT CAN WE DO? Thank you.

  • stacy

    How in the world is this situation not being addressed fully with the abuser being put in jail. I would like a full update on what and why this poor dear elephant is not being HELPED immediately. What is the issue? Are there no laws? What is the latest? What do you need done? Do you need money, 500 million signatures, what will it take to get something done to really help this dying elephant? The elephant will be dead before a year comes around. What kind of world do we live in that this can be ongoing when the issue has been discovered?

  • Jean

    Why can’t the horrible people that are torturing Sunder be punished? They should be chained and beaten. I hope Sunder is free soon . . . he is in my prayers.

  • sheryl lees

    Please tell me you have recued this poor mistreated Elephant…Please let me know what I can do to help!!

  • sheryl lees

    Please tell me this poor mistreated Elephant has been rescued… What can I do to help?

  • Ray ray

    Please do everything you can.People, try to forward this on to as many people as possible. Try to get Sir Paul McCarthy back involved. “It’s all in who you know.” so if we put his feet to the fire, I’m sure that much more could be done.

  • Joanne

    Is there a HEART out there who desires LOVE TO PREVAIL? THIS is NOT LOVE! I ask….WHY? This is TORTURE! You will pay with your own soul for torturing a living being. Think about that deeply!

  • Marie Boylan

    I say this very seriously. Will they sell Sunder? What I don’t have, I will raise but I cannot locate anyone that I can speak to directly. Where is everyone? This animal is being tortured and it is now March 2014. Is there no mercy??

  • mandy ramos

    Release this majestic, worshiped animal, NOW, this is barbaric, all its “keepers, :carers, need punished, dont they cut the hands off thievs in arabic countries, then there needs to be a similar punishment for these criminals.

  • linda macdonald

    Free Sunder Now!!!!!!!!!!
    Who does man think he is that he can mistreat any living creature… GOD IS WATCHING SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • Mary

    Please free Sunder now. It’s unacceptable that this has to wait until the end of the year.

  • Victoria Andreo

    Sunder was promised sanctuary however he remains in isolation being chained and beaten on a daily basis. I’m shocked over the treatment of this innocent victim. I always believed the INDIA treated their animals with kindness and respect. I’m going to start a movement BOYCOTT INDIA to shed light on the horrific cruelty to elephants who are in this country!

  • Melinda Brown

    We are all begging you! Please release Sunder immediately to a sanctuary. There is absolutely not one single reason why Sunder should remain under the cruel conditions or continue to be beaten and horrifically mistreated by her owners/handler. There is not one single reason on this earth why Sunder should not be released immediately.

    The world is truly watching this situation. Animals cannot speak for themselves therefore those of us who are writing you, writing anyone who could possibly help, passing this information along to our friends are desparately trying to help this elephant. Cruelty to animals or humans cannot be tolerated.

    Please do the right thing and release this animal immediately and ensure the safe transport and placement of this animal in a sanctuary before it is too late!!!

    Most sincerely,
    Melinda J. Brown
    USA

  • Kim Petersen

    FREE SUNDER!!!
    This breaks my heart!
    I have been crying for Sunder and all the elephants who are in the same position.

  • Seema Vaid

    Animal Rahat, thanks for locating Sunder and for working for his release. Please please continue your good work. I have started a petition for Sunder’s freedom. Here is the link:
    https://www.change.org/petitions/maharashtra-forest-officials-free-sunder-the-temple-elephant

    Please sign the petition. Would also like a fund set up for Sunder’s care and relocation and am willing to donate myself and collect donations from those who want to help. please email me at the address given above

  • patricia allenby

    FREE SUNDER NOW PLEASE!!!!!!! ANYONE WHO GETS KICKS OUT OF HURTING ANOTHER IS EVIL

  • Maureen Moran

    Please FREE Sunder now! Waiting till the end of the year could mean the death of the the beautiful animal.

  • Margaret leach

    Please free Sunder! Im begging you from the bottom of my heart and with every fiber of my being. No one, Human or animal deserves to live in chains. No one, human or animal deserves to be abused. The world is watching. Please show your humanity. Do the right thing. Thank you.

  • nancy

    This is absurd!! By the end of the year, this elephant will be dead!! please everyone, don’t forget about him…Keep his story in the news. it is the only way to save him…

  • Ron winkelman

    It’s time to free Sunder NOW! Not the end of the year. He does not deserve any more abuse!!

  • chris

    Release Sunder Now

  • Chris Glisson

    Why the hell till the end of the year ? This should be effective immediately.
    Respect for getting the order but is there no way of hastening things up ??

  • pramod netke

    FREE SUNDER I EXHORT YOU.

  • Chris Glisson

    Ps. Temple Elephant ??? What kind of god condones this ????
    Ghandi : You can judge a nation by the way it treats its animals.
    Judgement passed: IT STINKS !
    And the mahoots ? What sentence are they getting ?? Just curious.

  • Marija

    Please!

  • lena Hoffman

    Sunder has suffered mass abuse by humans, it is time for you to honour Sunder and all he has with stood..Free Sunder Please..Honour his release..

  • daoudal monique

    libérer Sunder!svp

  • linda delloiacono

    Free abused animals this is horrible.

  • linda delloiacono

    Free abused animals now!!!

  • Lisa

    Sunder deserves better! Please free Sunder immediately! Thank you!!!!!!!

  • ROBIN

    CANT PETA GET THIS POOR , SAD, ABUSED CREATURE OUT NOW. SUNDER SUFFERS ENDLESS
    Y. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT HE WILL BE RELEASED BY THE END OF THE YEAR. REALLY, THATS A LONG TIME FROM NOW. SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY MUST GET BACK TO BE INVOLVED.

  • Jackie Smith

    Please FREE Sunder NOW!!! This is inhumane. Let him go and never ever let this man come near him again.

  • Taylor Mumm

    Release this intelligent & sweet creature immediately!!

  • Susan Law

    He has to suffer til the end of the year?! No, get him out now!

    He may not make it til the end of the month forget the end of the year!!

    Why can’t they get him now?!

  • Kevan

    Please Free SUNDER!! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BEAT AN ELEPHANT, YOU DO NOT HAVE O STARVE OR CHAIN ONE EITHER….PLEASE CHOOSE TO STOP BEING CRUEL…PLEASE BE KIND AND LET THE ELEPHANT GO LIVE AT THE SANCTUARY WITH OTHER ELEPHANTS…PLEASE….PLEASE….PLEASE…

  • Cindy Wines

    Please free Sunder NOW> The world watches as he is getting daily beatings, he is dehydrated and malnourished, How can this be? Where is your compassion. What does the Dali Lama think about this? He is so concerned about respected and loving animals. He would not condone this cruelty. Send him to the forest so he can be with other elephants. He is dying. He does not deserve this torture. Beat the mahout everyday like he is beating Sunder and see how he likes it!!

  • Patricia McMorrow

    Sunder must be released into a sanctuary immediately! The court’s order cannot be delayed. This poor creature has suffered for years, an atrocity without excuse.

  • sachiko kishimoto

    FREE SUNDER NOW PLEASE!!!!!