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Pamela Anderson Wants Sunder Freed

Written by PETA

Posted 08-03-2012, 06:29 PM | 9 Comments

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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  • Amanda M

    The temple should be boycotted until they actually release poor Sunder. Maybe feeling a loss of income will prompt them to act. The mahout that has been doing this torture should be put in prison for many years on low food ration. Maybe this would give him time to consider his many sins in abusing a helpless baby animal.

  • J. Wolski

    Do tourists and visitors to the temple realize that SUNDER is being tortured inside or on or around the temple? I think if the temple felt financial repercussions than maybe SUNDER can be released to the people and organizations who are waiting to help him reclaim his life as an elephant.

  • Mary Arthur

    And the seconds, the minutes, the days, THE WEEKS DRAG ON and Sunder SUFFERS AND SUFFERS AND SUFFERS AND SUFFERS AND SUFFERS….COME ON PEOPLE ….DO SOMETHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Donna Dixon

    I just finished filling out a form to CNN evening express to do a story on this.
    It never hurts to try. Jane Valdez is an animal lover – I hear.
    Pray for Sunder’s freedom!!!
    Act for Sunder’s freedom!!
    Together we can make this happen!!

  • Sunny

    this is height of cruelty, reading all about sunder made cry …. we all should help sunder as much we can and as soon as possible, may god make this rong doers rot in hell…..

  • Mary Arthur

    Every second that goes by is mental and physical torture for this young elephant…stand in the corner alone for five minutes and imagine doing that for six years…then imagine the terror of not knowing when your next beating will occur…and stand with the constant pain of a sharp steel trap clamped permanently around your ankle so you can’t move at all…AND THEN ANSWER THE WORLD AS TO WHY YOU HAVE NOT PICKED UP THE PHONE AND FREED THIS LITTLE BOY ELEPHANT THIS SECOND !!!

  • Suparna Nandi

    It is absolutely inhuman and unfair to keep Sunder chained in the temple.Please release him.He deserves to have a happy and healthy life too

  • Samvit

    Very Cruel!. Please Free Sunder!. And Arrest the Mahout! May Sunder live in Peace and Comfort for the rest of his Natural Life!

  • Judy Attwood

    i would like to recceive info. about Sunder and other elephants and will be writing myself

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