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Supreme Court Issues Order for Sunder’s Rescue

Written by PETA

Posted 05-29-2014, 08:46 PM | 154 Comments

Today, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgment in favour of PETA India by ordering the implementation of a 7 April 2014 Bombay High Court order to release the well-known and much-abused young elephant Sunder to an elephant care centre in Bangalore by no later than 15 June.

Sunder update May 2014

The Supreme Court also ordered that the Secretary, Revenue and Forests Department, Maharashtra State will be responsible for the implementation of its order and must strictly meet the deadline. This decision is supported by celebrities Paul McCartney, Amitabh Bachchan, Celina Jaitly, Madhuri Dixit, Pamela Anderson Arjun Rampal, R Madhavan, Gulshan Grover and many others who took to Twitter, met with concerned government officials and helped in other ways with the campaign for his release. The court dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by Ministry of the Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore, who had given Sunder as a “gift” to the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur. M/s K Ashar & Co Advocates & Solicitors were the advocates on record for PETA, and the group was represented in the matter by Senior Counsel Raj Panjwani.

The Jyotiba temple came into possession of Sunder in 2007, but after cruelty such as the use of spiked chains and beatings, came to light, the Maharashtra Minister of Forests Dr Patangrao Kadam (on 21 August 2012) and the Project Elephant division of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (on 9 November 2012) issued orders for Sunder’s rescue. However, they were never carried out, and Sunder was then spirited away at the behest of Kore and hidden in an old poultry shed, where he continued to be beaten and was so heavily chained that he recently sustained a serious injury on his leg.

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  • Danielle Saint-Pierre Robinson

    Sunder is so gorgeous! What a wonderful achievement !!!!!Thank you thank you to all who helped rescuing Sunder.
    You are the best there is. I am crying with happiness.
    Sunder: I wish you a HAPPY LONG LIFE full of good friends and coconuts

  • Nobuaki Kofunaba

    The release of the animal!

  • Rita Leone

    Thanks so much for all your hard work and for all the celebrities who have
    come to Sunder’s rescue…Hopefully, this poor suffering baby can get the
    Vet care he needs and roam free as elephants are supposed to do…not be
    chained an beaten by some scum of a so called human! I pray to God that
    other elephants chained an suffering in circuses, and run-down zoo’ s get
    the help they need….this elephants have suffered enough…I pray that God
    gives Sunder many healthy years to be an elephant and roam free!

    Thank you all for helping this suffering baby!

    Rita Leone

  • Marjorie Coey

    Sunder is FREE! I do so hope his wound heals as I think he may not be out of the woods yet! THANK YOU on his behalf for your compassion and seeing the right of the petitions, etc. YOU HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING HERE! Good times in your new ife Sunder.

  • Tianna Spooner

    Please dont do this to innocent animals how would you like if that was you

  • Marloe Jo-ann Veltman

    Thank you so much. God will bless you. Once again just thank you for letting Sunder to be free at last.
    Regards and love you guys…

  • Catherine Vade Bon Coeur

    #SunderIsFree, and thank you to every single person who helped to overcome the selfishness, deceit, and cruelty that tried to prevent that. But there are so many other sentient beings who need our help. We can never stop and never ever be silent.

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  • DUCAS Isabelle

    VERY GLAD

  • Debbie

    This young elephant has suffered nothing but sadness, beatings and pain in his life, he has been separated from his family and treated so badly! Why have these men been so cruel to Sunder??? Do they have excuses??? No because they have chosen to be cruel, and sadistic to Sunder, well I hope Karma hits back at them 100 times harder than they hit Sunder and their lifes are as miserable as they made Sunder’s life. They are poor scumbags who deserve to be locked away and the key to their prison doors to be permantly hung around Sunder’s neck for him to keep.

  • Joy James

    A true hero in the effort for Sunder since the beginning, in spirit, in the courtroom and at the Chicken Shed. He has had to remain quiet but, his strength and compassion are in a large part responsible for where Sunder is right now. We need to express our gratitude for efforts by Dr. Manilal Valliyate, the petitioner and vet in the Sunder case. A hero in Sunder’s rescue!

  • Jacqueline Tafuri Milagres

    Sou contra a crueldade contra os animais, afinal são indefesos

  • Jasmin

    Free Sunder!!!

  • Leon

    Let Sunder free!!! No more slave animals.

  • Jasmin Kolb

    let him go – set him free!!!

  • Jacqueline

    stop crueldade

  • Laurie Armer

    To be honest, I am always surprised when any justice comes out of India. But so very glad it has!!!

  • no more pain for these innocent creatures

  • Kimberly

    Praise GOD! I have been praying for you Sunder and all involved. Please GOD take this hate out of the abusers hearts and make it impossible for them to hurt another living thing!!!

  • Ela Gotkowska

    Be human, please…

  • Gill Meningen

    Please make sure this lovely elephant is released to a better life ASAP. Tomorrow can’t be too soon

  • Fran MacLain

    It is so sad that Kore got his way… he said he would not let Sunder leave before June and he accomplished that. June 15th date of removing him is way too long what the heck is wrong with these people. An abused animal in the USA would be removed and treated immediately and the abuser put in jail. The truck should have been there the day the ruling was made and the animal should have been removed immediately upon hearing the ruling. There is no more please… there is “just do it.”

  • Dev

    Hurt animals mean that guy is born from an animal womb!

  • Sjoukje Hoekstra

    I’m so crying

  • Subrahmanyam Iam

    animals born for nature not for our entertainment.
    please don’t encourage this. spread this and embrace this cruelty.

  • Subrahmanyam Iam

    Please boycott the circus and other animal
    abuse businesses. Please sign petitions to free
    animals from captivity where they are being
    used for human amusement and experiments.

  • Theory Madison

    “There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.” ~Charles Darwin~

  • Dee2uk

    Plain and simple STOP NOW.

  • Rishabh Bafna

    PETA u r truly doing a wonderful job by rescuing innocent animals frm the hands of devils …

  • Amyy

    It is amazing the lengths that people will go to abuse an animal. Thank goodness there are equally kind people that will go even further to save them. God Bless!!

  • Karen Falkingham

    These human beings are heartless. Stop the abuse NOW. Karma is all I wish for you. Stay strong you poor helpless creatures.

  • Karen Falkingham

    Shame shame on you heartless human beings!!! karma is all I can wish for you!

  • Jean Claude Soetens

    Please stop abusing éléphants !

  • Diane Guest

    Will the poor thing ever be free

  • Cassie

    abusing any animal is disgusting.. we don’t have the right to hurt them just because..

  • EK Park

    This must stop. horrible…

  • please can u tell me whether sunder has safely been moved to his sanctuary. on this news clip it looks like the men that are trying to get him on the truck are the same men that abused him and Sunder’s eyes look filled with fear and insanity. How will he ever trust these men enough to get on the truck?http://www.onlinenewsvideo.net/elephant-sunder-move-to-kerala-today_6246b89e3.html
    Please please can u tell me if he go to his sanctuary safely and is finally away from his abusers?? Kate

  • Myra Mccall

    The abuse has to stop!!!!!!

  • Lyn

    It’s time to carry out the judgement….let him have the treatment and caring he deserves.

  • Helga Marcenko

    Stop abusing elephants !!!

  • Simona

    please help

  • Roger Morra

    Liberi

  • Phoebe Chan

    We are only one of the creatures on earth, we don’t have any right to abuse other creatures on earth. All scum will go to hell soon

  • Phoebe Chan

    We are civilized human being, it is year of 2014,pls behave as human. Othrrwise, you and your family will all go to hell soon.

  • Phoebe Chan

    We are civilized human beingx pls behave as human, otherwise, you and your family will all go to hell soon

  • Beth Lyons

    The abuse of elephants world wide must end now!!!!!!

  • Daniela

    Basta con queste torture lasciateli vivere in pace e in libertà

  • Mirela

    STOOOOOOOP!!!!

  • Bee

    So glad that Sunder will be free…God bless her and I hope that her remaining days are those of leisure and enjoyment – no more chains, no more pain. Thank you PETA India! Great job!

  • Maria

    Why not do the same thing to Sunder Abusers.. chain him/them up and hit them with a stick, that they may figure out what agony have they done to this beautiful creature of GOD.

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