~~June 7, 2015~~
Sunder, a temple elephant in Maharashtra might have been tortured for his entire life but a recording of his abuse has helped to free him.
This elephant has survived abuse that no animal should. He was chained and beaten and it would have continued if not for the launch of a massive campaign backed by international celebrities like Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson to set him free.
He was mistreated at a temple in Maharashtra by his mahout and later abused when he was kept locked up in a poultry shed.
But Sunder has now been rescued and taken to the Bannerghatta Biological Park, outside of Bangalore. Dr Sunil Kumar, a vet who accompanied the elephant said the biggest concern was a swelling on his leg caused by years of continuous chaining.
He made the long journey of 680 kms from Kolhapur to Bangalore by road in a truck and arrived at the park.
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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) uploaded a new video:
Rescued Elephant Makes New Friends
One year ago TODAY, Sunder completed his journey from abuse to freedom.
This is his story.
You can SEE how freedom has changed him!
~~Sunder, the Elephant’s Inspiring Story~~
~~Published on Mar 31, 2015~~
Sunder the elephant spent years in chains, first at a temple, then outside the home of a powerful local politician.
PETA India filmed workers who beat Sunder even though he was chained and unable to move.
He wasn’t given enough food or protection from the scorching heat or monsoon rains.
Perhaps worst of all, Sunder never even saw another elephant.
But thanks to PETAIndia, all that changed. After an extensive campaign involving protests, meetings with officials, and celebrity support, the Indian Supreme Court ordered that Sunder be freed and sent to a wildlife park.
Finally, Sunder is enjoying freedom, plenty of food, and, best of all, the company of other elephants.
His new life is just beginning.
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