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Sunder Update

Written by PETA

Posted 03-28-2014, 11:46 AM | 26 Comments

The latest development in PETA’s ongoing battle to free Sunder, the elephant who was held captive at the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, was a hearing on 20 March at the Bombay High Court. The bench heard the arguments at length, and the matter is now reserved for orders.

You can read about what happened at a previous hearing here.

PETA has been fighting for Sunder’s release and transfer to a sanctuary, where he can live a healthy life, without chains and in the company of other elephants. Thanks to your support on social media, #FreeSunder is gaining worldwide exposure. Please continue to post and tweet about Sunder’s story to help win his freedom.

Join us in taking a stand for Sunder’s freedom now.

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  • PETA

    Hi, In India, elephants are considered government ‘property’, so the order of the court to move Sunder is to the Maharashtra state forest department. PETA is working behind the scenes to push the state authorities involved to implement the order quickly. We have also been talking to the sanctuary where he is to go, and they are making arrangements for his care and looking forward to welcoming him. We will update our blog as this progresses.

  • Selina Collard

    HELLO PETAINDIA IS SUNDER IN THE SANCTUARY YET PLEASE DO IT QUICK WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR GOODNESS IN TRYING TO PROTECT INNOCENT ANIMALS OUR CREATOR WILL BLESS YOUR EFFORTS AND WE KNOW AT LEAST THERE IS SOME GOOD OUT THERE AS YOU KNOW THE OUTCRY FOR SUNDER AND ANY OTHER ANIMAL SUFFERING IN ABUSE HAS GONE ALL THE WAY THE WAY TO HEAVEN OUR CREATOR HEARS THEIR OUTCRY AS WELL AS THE HUMAN FAMILY Selina Collard Perth WESTERN AUSTRALIA

  • Dina

    This court of a third-world toilet has been shamed in front of the world so they are deliberately dragging their feet on this issue – which should have been resolved YEARS ago. The Bombay Court wants him to perish and end the issue for them. Please everyone, do NOT forget!! Keep doing a search for Sunder EACH DAY to bring up his name over and over – and don’t be pacified by empty promises. WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL SUNDER IS PHYSICALLY AT A SANCTUARY!

  • Deb Donley

    Yet again the true monster is showing their true colors. Free this beautiful lost soul before it is to late.

  • Marie Boylan

    I am confused due to your post today. Is Sunder or is Sunder not being freed, per March 20 hearing? I have a website being developed in U.S., http://www.freesunder.com. Should be up soon. He has to be freed. He will be dead soon, if not freed.

  • MarisolMarisol Gutierrez

    Pls provide any updates. Is Sunder still alive? We are all worried daily about Sunder and his safety and his vulnerability for more attacks or even death because no action and awaiting is still occuring. Sunder requires immediate removal from his abuser but all updates indicate the awaiting of more decisions, more court orders. Every day, every second means Sunder is open an unprotected for hidden torture, more barbaric attacks and even death. Why is there no action, no supervision, no prevention mechanisms in the extended time that it seems this process will take? Every second counts but no updates towards releasing and relieving Sunder immediately is being given. Pls confirm Sunder’s wellbeing if possible.

  • Marisol Gutierrez

    Please provide any updates as to Sunder’s every moment concerning arrangements made for his safety. Awaiting for court decisions leaves Sunder open for daily, nightly abuse, starvation, physical and mental distress with no supervision as to his well being. Have his torturers beem arrested? Can and will provisions be made on behalf of Sunder to provide him a safe haven while decisions are made? Has the abuse stopped? Can Sunder be removed immediately as his safety is priority? It is absurd to await months mire or even one more minute to take Sunder away from an unsafe environment. Are courts awaiting until death of Sunder or giving opportunity for Sunder to be hidden again as owner did prior when order was made for Sunder to be sent to a Sanctuary? What is taking so long? Are there no laws for removing animals that are in immediate threat from the homes of their abusers? Time is not on Sunder’s side. We cannot await passively for a court that does not care to take action. Can anything be done to save Sunder now? Words are not enough any more.

  • Leslie Johnson

    I pray everyday that this heart breaking situation comes to an end soon before Sunder is too emotionally damaged to recover from his mis-treatment. I can’t understand how this can happen especially in India where the Elephant is a worshiped creature. I hope the Mahout that has been torturing him is held accountable for his actions!

  • Morgaine

    The India government is responsible for Sunder’s horrible fate and was trusted with relocating him to freedom or a sanctuary. It seems that the Indian government was more concerned with keeping up appearances and impressing celebrates than taking some simple steps to ensure Sunder was delivered to a sanctuary as promised. The India government is and has enabled Sunder’s abusers and the government officials continue this sacred animal’s abuse and torture. It is a disgrace to India’s traditions and values. I think the world Is changing their perspective on how they view India and it’s extreme corruption concerning abuses towards women, children and animals. I not only ask for Sunders release NOW, but also for all elephants held in captivity at temples in India. Sunder is not the only elephant living a nightmare in India. Hindus worship the elephant-headed god Ganesh, so why are they torturing elephants in their own temples?

  • Mary Ann

    Envision yourself in his place for a minute, then multiply that by years. If that doesn’t move you, you have no heart. The unspeakable hell he is being put through is astounding to me and has to stop. Get him out now.

  • Julie

    Is there anybody who can check on Sunder? The video we have seen was months ago. Do we know he is even still alive? I can’t stand not knowing, he is all I think about!

  • Marta Feio

    Please free Sunder to the sanctuary. He is suffering, starving, chained and beaten.

  • Lisa Altizio

    Why can’t you just go and demand Sunder be released right now, coordinate transportation and take him to safety.

  • Ana Morris

    THE CONDITIONS AND CRUELTY TO THIS ELEPHANT AE DEMONIC. RELEASE TO SANCTUARY NOW!

  • Satish M

    Please release Sunder and rehabilitate this poor animal. He deserves a better life. He has suffered a lot.

  • Neeraj

    what the hell they are doing with this innocent elephant. where are you GOD where??????…….. I know that it is only one example from lakhs. I hope people will feel their pain. they need us because they want only love nothing more than that. please love them not abuse them.

  • SUPRATIM

    WE ARE WORST THEN ANIMALS , PLEASE HELP HIM , SAVE HIS LIFE. AT ANY COST .

  • Jw

    Thanks for all your doing…..especially for Sunder….

  • Rina Mumtaz

    Give back his life

  • Ranjjita

    Sunder needs b free..release him….

  • DN

    Please stop any further cruelty and commence his rehabilitation asap.

  • Roxanne Prine

    Dear Official, Please aide in the ceasing of brutality of Sunder. He is a beautiful creature that no one has the right to be treated so cruelly. Now that he story has been made public all over the world what must this story be doing to make India look very very bad.

  • Jacqueline42

    I have never understood cruelty to any animal! Let Sunder be moved to a sanctuary where he can be with fellow elephants. he is too precious to be treated this way!! The way a person treats animals tells me volumes about what he is like as a human being.

  • Doris Gonen

    please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy Balazs

    I hope something is done for this poor Elephant…It is so sad to see the treatment it is receiving and needs to be placed somewhere so it can have a better life…This is really upsetting to see….If there is a site that we can go to too help please let me know….

  • Marie

    What could possibly be the arguments before the court IN FAVOR of keeping Sunder in chains?

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