On March 21, the tortured elephant named Sunder, who was supposed to be living quietly in a sanctuary as ordered in August 2012, is still barely existing and chained by his back legs outside of a poultry shed in Kolhapur, India reports Yahoo news.
Even worse, the investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals captured video footage of the 14-year-old elephant looking malnourished and being beaten by his handler. Newly released photos show the elephant's condition deteriorating; tragically, he is not roaming free in a sanctuary.
Earlier in 2012, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) began a campaign to appeal to the legislative assembly of the Indian State of Maharashtra and the leader of Jan Surajya Shakti Party to release Sunder. Humane activists, including film star Pamela Anderson and Sir Paul McCartney appealed to the state forest minister Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, with proof of Sunder's horrendous living conditions and the cruelty the animal was forced to endure, as he lived in isolation for the last seven years in the Jyotiba Temple.
The Bombay High Court was ordered to comply with the order and submit a report by December 23, 2013, but by January 2014 Sunder was still not moved with the excuse of the musth condition. ( period when elephants are aggressive)
Veterinarians who have examined Sunder agree the elephant is very docile and "he has been seen writhing in pain and struggling to stand as the mahout (handler) strikes him repeatedly."
Despite 80,000 signatures on petitions from all over the world to finally free this 14-year-old elephant, who continues to be beaten, tortured, starved and abused, Sunder still remains a victim of violence and egregious cruelty.
According to PETA, Sunder suffers from the heat of the hot sun during the day and freezes from the cold temperatures at night. He can not even lie down comfortably.
Please help to raise awareness for Sunder and all elephants around the world. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Become involved in Sunder's cause.
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