Written by PETA
On behalf of PETA
India, previous Bigg Boss guest and
former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson
sent an urgent letter to Mr Vinay Kore, a member of the legislative assembly of
Maharashtra state and a leader of Jan Surajya Shakti
Party, calling on him to use his influence and good heart to ensure that
the physically abused 13-year-old elephant, named Sunder, who has been kept in
chains at Jyotiba Temple, is immediately taken to a sanctuary.
"He is the age of one of my sons, and as
sensitive as anyone's child. Like other victims of abuse, he will be
scarred for life mentally, as he already is physically", writes Anderson, who notes that elephants are
precious creatures of God and that it is a crime against heaven that he has
been treated in this manner. "From
the bottom of my heart, I appeal to you to see that Sunder is taken to a safe
place where he can be helped to overcome his long and miserable ordeal and
allowed to one day be part of a new family."
Anderson's plea follows PETA's discovery that Sunder
was being abused by his mahout (or
handler). The elephant has suffered a severe injury to his right eye through
the mahout's use of an ankus (a sharp iron hook-like weapon), is confined to
chains with sharp spikes and is kept in a dark shed,
where he cannot take even a single step in any direction. Sunder is denied
adequate food and water and also walks, which are crucial for his mental and
physical well-being. In addition, there are lesions all over his body,
indicating past cruel treatments by the mahout. The elephant was donated to the
temple by Mr Vinay Kore.
A scandal continues to grow over the way that
elephants used in temples are typically kept. They are routinely chained and
rarely receive enough food or water, and most of them never see a veterinarian,
even when they are injured or ill. Elephants at temples also show signs of
severe psychological distress, such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving –
behaviour that is not found in healthy elephants in the wild.
Join PETA India in calling for Sunder to be released.
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