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Legal Notice Served to Free Sunder

Written by PETA

Posted 06-07-2013, 01:51 PM | 106 Comments

In August 2012, the Maharashtra Forest Minister ordered SWH Naqvi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) for wildlife, Maharashtra, to move Sunder, the 13-year-old elephant who has been kept chained inside a dark shed at Jyotiba Temple for six years, to a wildlife rehabilitation centre identified by PETA. But the PCCF and temple authorities have not complied with this order or with the Central Zoo Authority’s recommendations for improving Sunder’s living conditions and have instead allowed Vinay Kore, a local member of the legislative assembly and the person who donated Sunder to the temple, to reportedly hide him in a dark, heavily guarded poultry shed near a dairy facility at Amrut Nagar (Warananagar), Kolhapur. In response, PETA India’s lawyer and India’s leading animal advocate, Raj Panjwani, has sent a legal notice to the PCCF, Jyotiba Temple authorities and Kore.

Sunder has been kept chained by temple authorities since 2007 and has scars covering his body, a severely injured eye that was likely caused by a beating and a hole in his ear that was caused by an ankus, an iron rod with a hook at the end. Constant physical and psychological abuse can cause captive Indian elephants to lash out, as Sunder did in August. He became violent and tore down a pillar as he tried to flee his handlers. He was subdued and returned to captivity.

The Forest Minister’s order came shortly after this incident as a result of a rigorous campaign led by PETA. Pamela Anderson and former Beatle Paul McCartney lent their support to the campaign by writing letters to government officials.

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  • Meher Turner

    Stop this brutality at the earliest.



  • Ballouard Brigitte

    l’exploitation des animaux pour n’importe qu’eelle raison est inacceptable


    La maltraitance sur les animaux est indigne de l’espèce humaine, elle est faite que par des psychopathes dangereux pour la société ! Ces gens là doivent être punis par la loi et interdits de détention d’animaux ! Personne n’a le droit de souffrir, les animaux ne sont pas des sous êtres par contre ces gens là irrespectueux des animaux et de la nature ne valent rien !

  • Ravneet Kaur

    Please save him……….

  • Eleanor Labrozzi

    “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is…whether its victim is human or animal…we cannot expect things to be much better in this world…We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.” – Rachel Carson “If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution – and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity.” – Jane Goodall “Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he’s the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.” – Mark Twain The Greatness of a Nation and its Moral Progress can be Judged by the way its Animals are Treated! Mahatma Gandhi Animals, like humans, suffer emotionally. We must strive to cause them neither physical pain nor emotional anguish.   – EXODUS 34:26



  • Ritu Kodnani

    Free sunder movement

  • Myriam Vidick

    Stop those barbaric acts!

  • Sabine Neubauer

    It´s horrible.
    It´s never correct. Think over what you are doing!

  • OIndrila Chakraborty

    please take him to a safe shelter…it’s nothing but just inhuman

  • Kathy Potts

    this is no way for an elephant to live please please free this poor elephant

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  • Leelasri

    please release him

  • Shea Phoenix

    Please. Do unto others the same that you would will them to treat you. Love. Be kind. Heal.

  • Shivani

    Sunder MUST be freed, it is cruel to keep the animal in chains or barbed heavy chains???

  • Ketan

    Plz, don’t do this in the name of god…imagine one of your kids chained like this!!!

  • Jay Dee Jackson

    STOP this violence against poor animals.. Enough is enough

  • Himakanth

    animals birth right is to be free

  • Atita G Aithal

    STOP IT….!!!!

  • Subha Gupta

    STOP torturing Sundar now!

  • Bernadette Doucette-Sperry

    Please, unchain this beautiful elephant and let him go to a zoo where he Will be cared for and proper attention to his wounds. It makes my heart sad to see animals that are so precious to me treated this way. I try and help the animals, In my country, I rescue dogs, and I wish more people around the world would rescue animals instead of being cruel to them. Please, let Sunder go free… Thank you.

  • Brinda Raghu

    Please end this cruelty!

  • Paula Nowels

    Please stop immediately the cruel, inhumane chaining and isolation of Sunder the elephant at Jyotiba Temple and transfer him now to the PETA recommended wildlife center. There is no justification for this cruelty to continue. This elephant is a sentient/feeling being and needs to be treated compassionately and lovingly now. For its good and the good of all humanity..everywhere.

  • Narendra Singh

    sunder should be release to its natural rehabilitation .The temple authority has no right to kept the elephant in such bad conditions.Its my humble request to temple authority and PCCF please release this innocent creature.

  • Sangitha

    Free Sunder, this is beyond inhuman!

  • Kevin Flynn

    Free Sunder. What is wrong with you, that you would be born so ignorant, and exist only to inflict pain & suffering on one of God’s innocent creature? Redeem yourself, and save your soul from a special place in hell.


    i want help the animals

  • Marcie

    What did this creature of God do to deserve this.. Awful.. Stop this barbaric treatment. Lets tie the people up in shackles like this and see how they like it. God has a special place he will be sending you once I hope you, the tormentors, have a hellish life on HIs earth.



  • Tim T.

    Such injustice is hard to stomach. I am very much opposed to such treatment of elephants!

  • Frances Heijman

    Please free this elly from the chains!!

  • Theodora Kyriakopoulou

    Free Sunder

  • Marygrace Maxwell

    release him please

  • Danielle MacFarlane

    He needs to be set free right now….this is so very very wrong.

  • Francesca Bettiol

    Stop it, please!

  • Maggy Genc

    Stop this animal abuse now !

  • Andrew humane – let this elephant live out the rest it’s life in peace.


    – “I hope this issue will help raise awareness that humanity today so that in the near future no longer need to defend ourselves from other species.”

  • Lisa Howell

    Release this innocent animal.

  • Naman Lamba

    Please imagine someone doing this to you.. Stop treating animals like this…

  • June Bullied

    free this poor elephant to a sanctuary.

  • Jai Thapar

    Please let the poor elephant live in the suitable condition. This is not just for a living being who cannot express in words. Please don’t delay any further

  • Selma

    How can you let this happen? Please release this poor elephant. Be a human and grow a heart.

  • C

    When will people realize that animals suffers as much as we do? After all, we are animals as well

  • Rosa

    This is no life for an elephant, let Sunder go to a reputable sanctuary NOW! No delays, let him go. Humanity > Greed.

  • Evelyn Califano

    Pleae show mercy for this poor creature. Thank you

  • Chandrasekhar

    Hello, Please leave him,They should not be treated like this..Free him from this cruelity

  • Yetmost

    please do the right thing

  • Jean Wilson

    This is wrong


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