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Update About Sunder

Written by PETA

Posted 05-09-2014, 09:50 AM | 134 Comments

Thanks to each of you for your compassion and concern for Sunder.

As you may know, the Bombay High Court  issued an order for Sunder’s release and rehabilitation in Bangalore before the monsoon.

Sunder update May 2014

Since in India elephants are considered a responsibility of the government, the order to move Sunder is for the Maharashtra Forest Department. Only this government body has the authority, as per the court, to move Sunder.

A great deal of documentation is required to move an elephant from one state to another and to transfer ownership. PETA has been attempting to persuade the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka to complete the transfer process quickly in order to ensure Sunder’s safety.

As far as the paperwork is concerned, Sunder is nearly ready to be moved. The Maharashtra Forest Department simply needs to establish a date for the transfer. PETA has helped put all the finer details in place.

Vinay Kore, the politician who had given Sunder as a gift to the Jyotiba Temple, has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an attempt to stop Sunder’s move. The lawyer who is addressing this matter for PETA is India’s best-known and leading animal advocate, Raj Panjwani.

We, too, would like for Sunder to be moved more quickly. You have our assurance – as people who learned about Sunder’s plight and who have been working night and day to rescue him – that his welfare is at the forefront of our minds. PETA will update its blog at PETAIndia.com when we have more details regarding the Maharashtra Forest Department’s plan to implement the Bombay High Court order.

If you wish to help, you can write to the Maharashtra forest officials at:

The Honourable MK Rao
Chief Conservator of Forests
Office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Territorial) Kolhapur
Van Vardhan Building
Opposite Principal Post Office
Ambedkar Chowk, Tarabai Chowk
Kolhapur 416 003
ccftkolhapur@gmail.com

The Honourable Suresh A Thorat
Additional Principal Chief Conservator Forests (Wildlife West)
Borivali
LT Road
Near Old MHB Bus Stop, Forest Quarter
Borivali (W) 400 091
Mumbai
ccfwlmumbai@rediffmail.com

The Honourable Sarjan Bhagat, IFS
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
Van Bhavan
Ramgiri Road
Civil Lines
Nagpur 440 001
Maharashtra
pccfwlngp@mahaforest.gov.in

 

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  • Zoe

    Horrendous abuse of this poor elephant :-\ in any gods eyes this is cruel and he needs treatment urgently!!

  • Ajay

    Please release the release the elephant sunder

  • Federica

    Freedom

  • Jinxy

    Evil evil cruel disgusting.. WHY????! Let this baby go!!!!

  • Carol Delmar

    Please move this poor elephant immediately to a safe haven where she/he can recover
    from this dreadful ordeal.

  • Patricia Theodorou

    Please show some compassion and ensure Sunder is immediately moved.

  • Muriel Larsen

    Animals deserve respect and love too!

  • Vidhi

    I hope you act promptly on the wounds this great creature has been inficted upon..Hope he gets to the Sanctuary before its too late and spends the rest of his life in a place where he belongs.

  • Inge Franck Andersen

    Stop the cruel behavering by mahouds to Sounder, and send poor Sounder to a sanctuary, where this beautiful male elephant can live a free life with other wild animals, and some vet will heal hes wounded leg and mind after so terrible experiences. I hope and whish that he wil overcome the evil year!!

  • Lisa Wilkinson

    ENOUGH!!!!!

  • Jagdish Shabbir

    Stop this insanity and get this elephant to a proper place that will nurse it’s wounds and take care of it

  • please release sunder as soon as possible -this poor creature has suffered enough

  • Bhramar Pandey

    This must be stop. And punishment must be bitter.

  • Boosundaraj

    Please obey the court order – immediately

  • Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, thanks . “Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.” by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

  • Yasmin Salim

    Poor Sunder look at how he is treated , he is wounded, not fed and cared for , beaten and tied up and chained. How is that right? It is extremely cruel and evil to use him to make money and you all abuse him and treat him so poorly. Free this beautiful gentle giant, he has suffered far too much all ready. Just because he cannot speak. He can feel just like you. Release him to a sanctuary stop using and abusing this elephant!!…

  • Carol Givens

    Well, I can hardly believe Sunder is still being abused and hasn’t been moved YET per COURT ORER for the second time!! After the last court ruling, PETA said they were going to move Sunder and do it fast before more harm came to him. It appears they failed. WHY do these people insist on keeping him just to abuse him??? In this world of massive technology, how long does it take to move ONE Elephant?? Paperwork is a bunch of crap, it’s all a bunch of crap and for what, to make one Elephant’s life nothing but misery? I hope they all burn in hell, God Bless you dear Sunder, many of us are doing our best! I really hope to see you free soon

  • LISA TRENDALL

    I am disgusted with the Indian High Court and those involved with the release of Sunder ! You can clearly see this elephant has been neglected and abused,even tortured ! No animal should ever have to put up with this dreadful treatment ! Get your act together and FREE Sunder now,the world is watching you and i for one,will now boycott anything and everything Indian,until you do the right thing by Sunder and ALL the other poor animals being held against their will ,whilst being tortured ! This is most upsetting news that really in this day and age should not be happening ! SHAME ON INDIA and it’s pathetic COURTS,GOVERNMENT and those that are in the position of freeing SUNDER !

  • SUNDER NEEDS TO BE MOVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I UNDERSTAND THE PAPER WORK IS ALL DONE – NO NEED TO WAIT TOO LONG. HE NEEDS TO BE RELEASED & SAFE.

  • Marie Hill

    will this new appeal prevent Sunder from moving by June 1st….I fear for Sunder’s life…. I truly believe that they would see him dead before they let him go…could peta file something to put a protection order on Sunder????NOT SURE HOW THE LAW WORKS THERE BUT THERE MUST BE SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE HE LIVES TO SEE THIS SANCTUARY .

  • Veganvampus

    Release Thunder immediately!

  • Veganvampus

    Release Thunder to a sanctuary’s right now!

  • Sue Thomason

    Moved him now PETA he will be dead by the time they decide to do the paperwork they do not wish to let him go moved him now and they can do the paperwork later what are we waiting for

  • Sue Thomason

    Free this elephant now go and move him forget the paperwork he will be dead before they sort it out move him now peta

  • Rebecca Lanier

    This government’s decision stands. India is a Democracy!!! Stop Sunder’s torment now.

    For all of us who are concerned about Sunder, let’s work with PETA by following their suggestion to write to the Maharashtra forest officials. Let’s not forget Sunder and keep on pushing for his freedom. This is taking way too long.
    The Honourable MK Rao
    Chief Conservator of Forests
    Office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Territorial) Kolhapur
    Van Vardhan Building
    Opposite Principal Post Office
    Ambedkar Chowk, Tarabai Chowk
    Kolhapur 416 003
    ccftkolhapur@gmail.com
    The Honourable Suresh A Thorat
    Additional Principal Chief Conservator Forests (Wildlife West)
    Borivali
    LT Road
    Near Old MHB Bus Stop, Forest Quarter
    Borivali (W) 400 091
    Mumbai
    ccfwlmumbai@rediffmail.com
    The Honourable Sarjan Bhagat, IFS
    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
    Van Bhavan
    Ramgiri Road
    Civil Lines
    Nagpur 440 001
    Maharashtra
    pccfwlngp@mahaforest.gov.in

  • Nancy

    Could we at LEAST have an updated picture of him? Why are there no recent pictures of him???

  • Nancy

    I think I saw this last update a month ago. My question is, where is Sunder right now and is he being properly cared for or is he STILL being beaten and tortured.??? In 2012, everyone thought he had been saved too and he dropped out of the news like he is now and he wasn’t saved, he was just moved and tortured more. I hope this time, the story isn’t the same.

  • To Ashutosh Patil,
    Thank you for the update. Wondering where he is and what is happening to him has been agonizing. Please keep updating us, so happy to hear he is being cared for.

  • Why wasn’t Sunder moved more quickly? How can the gov’t let this go on and how can the person who donated Sunder not want the best for that poor elephant. No animal should be treated that way and the scum who are mistreating him need to be punished as well. PLEASE stop dragging your feet and move him. You have only subjected him to weeks more of abuse. He needs to be moved NOW!!!! Come on India, do the right thing.

  • Joanna

    For all of us who are concerned about Sunder, let’s work with PETA by following their suggestion to write to the Maharashtra forest officials. Let’s not forget Sunder and keep on pushing for his freedom. This is taking way too long.
    The Honourable MK Rao
    Chief Conservator of Forests
    Office of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Territorial) Kolhapur
    Van Vardhan Building
    Opposite Principal Post Office
    Ambedkar Chowk, Tarabai Chowk
    Kolhapur 416 003
    ccftkolhapur@gmail.com
    The Honourable Suresh A Thorat
    Additional Principal Chief Conservator Forests (Wildlife West)
    Borivali
    LT Road
    Near Old MHB Bus Stop, Forest Quarter
    Borivali (W) 400 091
    Mumbai
    ccfwlmumbai@rediffmail.com
    The Honourable Sarjan Bhagat, IFS
    Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
    Van Bhavan
    Ramgiri Road
    Civil Lines
    Nagpur 440 001
    Maharashtra
    pccfwlngp@mahaforest.gov.in

  • Emily Ross

    Please stop this posturing. Enough is enough. Move the elephant. Vinay Kore has lost. This is a huge injustice and continuing in this way makes India look like a terrible place to do business. The Supreme Court ruling should stand.

  • TERESA OPENSHAW

    I pray for Sunder to be relocated ASAP he has gone through so much in his life… treated badly with abuse and cruelty he now needs love and peace also to be amongst his own kind.. Why why can’t you release him ???

  • Ken Martin

    Relocate Sunder to a new home… Please for his sake…

  • Hope the “India Court” shows these people now in opposition, that when they make a ruling with great care, that it has the final say and its rulings stand. They have already ruled for #PeaceForSunder

  • RINA MUMTAZ

    Please waste no more time to send Sunder to a safer and comfortable habitat

  • Sunder will be dead if his move is delayed any longer. The world is watching. Those monsters who have abused him should be jailed, not allowed to appeal with the Supreme Court. PCCF, you have the authority and responsibility to move this voiceless victim of torture. I beg you to do so.

  • Sunder may be dead if this is delayed. His abusers are monsters and should be jailed rather than allowed to appeal with the Supreme Court. PCCF you have the power to move him. I beg you to move him before he is dead. The world is watching.

  • Sandra Olson

    Please relocate Sunder to his new home and show the world the compassion of the Indian people. Shame on the monks who have allowed and encouraged the mahout to committ crimes against such a beautiful and majestic animal.

  • Debi

    I thought the LAST High Court Ruling was FINAL. If the Supreme Court ordered a verdict that was not obeyed in the USA, that person would be jailed. As would anyone flagrantly caught abusing a animal. The world was sickened by the video of this poor animal being beaten to his knees and crying throughout the beating. Shameful. Horrible. And now the abuser wants more.
    Enough. Vinay Kore and the mahout need to be jailed for flagrantly flouting the law. And for severe animal abuse. Which is illegal in India too.
    Sunder has become the symbol for corruption and disregard of the law in India.

  • The whole world is watching. Now stop dragging your feet and get that elephant moved to a sanctuary. We also will be watching other elephants to make sure they are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. Please get this done already; the animal has suffered enough from a bad mahout.

  • Marika Johansson

    People are monsters

  • Lena Kim

    This update is disgusting What is Wrong with THESE PEOPLE!!! Free Sundar! No more delays. Sundar has suffered enough in their care. Sundar needs to go to a sanctuary NOW!!

  • Klnaraa

    I sincerely pray for this animal to get away from the present sufferings at the earliest and move to a place where if could be looked after well

  • Please let sunder have peace in her life.thank you

  • Paula Ilona

    Please give the freedom to sunder

  • I paid the $2750 UTOPIA connection fee upfront to avoid any monthly charges. Will I now be hit with these new monthly utility fees? reverbnation plays

  • Susanna

    free sunder now

  • Rogerio Reis

    Freedom is the right of every living been… Set it FREE!!!!!

  • Rebecca Dallimore

    How any human being could allow & condone this abuse on an innocent animal is disgraceful !!! Humans who abuse & neglect gods creatures are the devil & should endure a life of suffering & burning in hell!!!! Save this poor baby !!!

  • Deborah Mardesich

    THANK YOU PetaIndia for the update. You can be sure that I will do everything you suggest to get SUNDER moved! There are many advocates here in the US. I am working with Free Sunder Now on Facebook This is a great goup with many suggestions for advocating for SUNDER. Pleased to know that attorney Raj Panjwani is representing Peta in this issue.

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