Success! Paul McCartney Secures Abused Elephant’s Freedom

Sunder was a young elephant in India who had been abused and kept in a dark shed for years. On top of being forced to wear spiked chains, this elephant had a severe eye injury and skin lesions from his abuse. The shed was so small to where he could not even turn around.

Luckily for him, his story attracted worldwide attention when Sir Paul McCartney wrote an impassioned letter on his behalf, asking the Indian Forest Minister to set him free. After the news of Paul McCartney’s letter spread, people around the globe began to speak out in support of Sunder’s freedom. Petitions popped up on sites like Other celebs, like Pamela Anderson, got involved and joined the fight.

The following is in part what Sir Paul wrote, “I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at Jyotiba Temple and put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way and enough is enough. I most respectfully call on you … to get Sunder out.”

It has now been announced this week that plans are in the works to move Sunder from his painful temple shed to a wildlife refuge, where he will hopefully live out his days in freedom. PETA India had been working hard to secure Sunder’s release and were delighted that McCartney’s letter was able to convince the Forest Minister to step in to help Sunder. Words of gratitude came from Mimi Bekechi, a Peta spokesperson, ”We are grateful to the forest minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder.”

Responses to "Abused Indian Elephant now free because of a letter written on his behalf by Sir Paul McCartney"

  1. Anonymous says:

    great job .. I wish they were more famous people with a golden heart that he has Sir Paul McCartney you are a great human-being...

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love elephants, they are gentle giants...I HATE any form of abuse for any animal. I am proud of Sir Paul McCartney, and to Pamela Anderson for stepping up and using their famous names to right a wrong. I am also apprechative of the India Ministry for finally do the right thing. We all need to step up and save our wild life...for what we do to the animals, so shall be done unto us!! The animals are a gift from Creator, and Creator is not happy with us...

  3. Anonymous says:

    the people responsible for this abuse should be held accountable, because if they abuse one , they in all probability abuse more. they should be removed and brought to charges.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why do we allow such atrocities to continue? Are we not a civilized society.? As long as violence and brutality exist in this world we are not truly civilized people.
    All religions of the world have basic creeds of behavior. In none of them is cruelty and brutality sanctioned.

  5. teresa says:

    All is a gift. Thank you all for understanding what needs to be dome. U 2 shell be rewarded. Many blessings to all.

  6. teresa says:

    All is a gift. Thank you all for understanding what needs to be dome. U 2 shell be rewarded. Many blessings to all.

  7. teresa says:

    All is a gift. Thank you all for understanding what needs to be dome. U 2 shell be rewarded. Many blessings to all.

  8. Kathryn says:

    It hurst me deeply when ever i learn about animal abuse like this, i feel a breaking pain in my heart when things that should never happen like this are done by ignorant people. Thank God this innocent soul has been set free, but the chances are as elepahnts are such deeply emotional animal, sadley this poor soul will carry the deep emotional pains and scares of the wrongs have been done to him for the rest of his life.

    How can we stop this from happening in the futuer? when will the world wake up to true enlightened compassion to all animals who are all inocents and she be respected as such.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I feel hope when humans show empathy and compassion for our fellow creatures..Blessings to Sunder!!!!!!and to Sir Paul!!!!!!!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Many people fail to realize that animals have feeling. This poor elephant has been deprived of a life he so richly deserves. Karma will get his abusers in the end!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Sir Paul and Pamela

  12. Wiseone says:

    How wonderful ...a successful ending!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Sir Paul, I hope you use your influence to free more abuse animals, you truly are a gentle soul.

  14. Unknown says:

    Thank you so much Sir Paul for your concern and the action that you took to make the remaining years of this poor innocent elephant a decent deserving life. It is so hard for me to understand the cruelty that is done to animals. Thank God we have people like you who make a difference and rescue these beautiful animals. May God Bless you and your family.

    Estella Menchaca

  15. Anonymous says:

    Why does it have to take someone well known to get our attention? This is outrageous abusive behavior to a helpless animal. These people truly are barbaric. I'm so lucky not to know them.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Sir Paul and also Pamela for caring so much about this poor soul. I do hope that the people who did this are severely punished although I doubt that they will be. Barbaric savages. Also this poor thing was in kept in a temple - well did god miss this one as well????? Obviously like all the rest!
    Anyway I do hope his freedom comes soon and that it's not an empty promise. I also wish him the most wonderful life from now on.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful, but this never should have been going on in the first place. Aren't there laws against that?

  18. eukko says:

    Would Sir Paul be so kind and write to Philippines and help to release the elephant MALI too?

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