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Supreme Court Issues Order for Sunder’s Rescue

Written by PETA

Posted 05-29-2014, 08:46 PM | 157 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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  • M.Loren Koerner

    Please stop the inhumane treatment of Sunder NOW, and protect this Sentient being from Any further mistreatment and abuse. We all are responsible for the protection and welfare of other beings that we share this planet with. Thank you for following through and acting in an honorable manner.

  • Sandra Beeler

    God bless everyone who saved this helpless creature !!

  • Graziella Louckx

    STOP A CES MALTRAITANCES, CE SONT DES ETRES VIVANTS QUI SOUFFRENT ET QUI DOIVENT ETRE RESPECTES ET AIMES EN TANT QUE TELS

  • Sevindj Bornak

    stop torturing animals

  • Anara Zhunusova

    Just stop this. I couldn’t believe that even people from India are so aggressive…

  • Please stop the abuse of all elephants,let them be free!!

  • Denise Morais

    Animal Free

  • Anne Lise Moan

    Thank you PETA for saving this poor boy. My heart cries for him.

  • NOVA Hewitt

    STOP CAUSING PAIN!

  • Katie Hewitt

    STOP HURTING LIVING THINGS! THEY FEEL PAIN AND HAVE A HEART!

  • Linda Hewitt

    how you treat your animals is punished or rewarded.

  • Lavinia Lewis

    To the person or persons who are inflicting this totally barbaric treatment to one of the most gentle creatures, should hang your heads in shame and stop immediately and beg forgiveness.

  • Sara

    I am elated that Sundar will finally be released from this nightmare. Where is he being sent to? Please keep us informed. This beautiful elephant is a “prayer burden” for me and my heart goes out to him.

  • GO GET HIM!

  • Jane Burgess

    This is so cruel, please make sure that Sunder is released safely by that date and kept safe for the rest of his life. Poor Sunder.

  • Angelo Volpe

    Stop this !!!!

  • Cassandra

    This is horrible what has been done to this elephant, hopefully it will be released

  • Kicki Nasman

    No living thing deservs this kind of treatment! Please help the elefant!

  • Aisling

    To the Supreme Court of India, that you for finally freeing this poor soul to PETA. Sunder now deserves to live life to the full like all other animals who are chained up and abused around the world. Thank you for doing the right thing. PETA, thank you for fighting for his life x x If only there were childrens charities who fought as hard to free children from neglect and abuse around the world!

  • Miri

    Severe punishment on those cruel people to reduce such animal crimes.

  • I AM GLAD THIS POOR ANIMALS WILL NOT TREAT WITH SUCH CRUELTY, AND THAT THE SUPREME COURT I HOPE PUT STRONNG PUNISHMENNTS TO PEOPLLE WHO MADE ANND MAKE SOMETHING PAINFUL TO THE ELEPHANTS AND PUT THEM IN A SANTUARY

  • Danielle Barton

    Stop animal abuse now.

  • Márcia S. Rodriguez

    That’s good. :)

  • Alison Wood

    Please, find your heart, release this animal.

    “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

  • Sarah

    Stop mistreating all animals! !

  • Please let sunder go to a enjoy the rest of her life in peace.

  • Sonia Goncalves

    STOP THIS CRIME AGAINST ANIMAL LIFE. STOP!!!

  • Julie Oneil

    FINALLY this elephant can have some peace! Lets be sure he actually moves to the elephant care center.
    Thank you BOmbay HIgh Court!! Maybe all of the petitions we have been signing actually worked to get Sunder to a safe place so he can thrive !! not suffer

  • Elizabeth Loureiro

    Free Sundr NOW!!!! Dont wait any more! He is being beaten and abused!!!!

  • Stacy Gervais

    God Bless this beautiful animal, also keep him safe from evil cruel heartless monsters that abuse this animal in such heinous ways!!! If I could bring you to where I live I would pamper and cherish you forever!!!!

  • Karen Wurmbach

    Please let this happen to all the others poor elephants too!!!

  • por fabor no al maltrato animal!!

  • Salvatore J. Cento

    they belong in the wild habitat

  • Janice Urban

    Please make sure it happens.

  • Lorraine

    Give them the right to freedom. …always!

  • Please, I beg you , this poor being , has no voice , it has no choice ,in the name of God , let it be free and safe xxxxxx

  • Joy Stevens

    Free this beautiful boy now

  • Sally

    This is enough. The thing about humane is its got” human” in it. Wgen will human start acting as such.

  • Kathy

    Please let everyone know ASAP once this beautiful soul has reached his new life..sweet angel..we pray for you

  • OMG THIS IS ANIMAL ABUSE SOMEONE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL : ( LET’S STOP THIS ITS VERY HURTFUL TO SEE THIS AND SO SAD TOO : (

  • Rebekka Lorz

    FREE SUNDER!!!!!?

  • :( pls stop torturing animals

  • Kiana Goudarzi

    I love elephants

  • Audrey Klesta

    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. LET SUNDER GO TO A SANCTUARY NOW!!!

  • Amy Nguyen

    Stop abused elephant

  • Charlie

    peace !

  • Please release all Elephants so they can get proper care.
    They deserve good health, great treatment and most of all, freedom.

  • Fran MacLain

    What is the deadline that must be met? Can Sunder get medical care now before the move?

  • Is this a joke?! There IS NO elephant rescue centre in Bangalore! There is the WRRC, and the place in Bannerghatta, both most unsuited to keep a traumatised, sick elephant such as Sunder.

  • Ron Winkelman

    No species should be taken from the wild to live a life of improsonment. It is immoral on every level. Free Sundr NOW!

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