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 Care2.com. 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.”