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PETA wins battle for release of captive elephant Sundar

April 8, 2014
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Source The Hindu
By Vinaya Deshpande

The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered the immediate transfer of Sundar elephant to a sanctuary in Bangalore and dismissed a politician’s petition seeking setting aside of the government order to the same effect which was passed in 2012. Sundar, the abused elephant’s cause has been taken up by many celebrities like Paul McCartney, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Pamela Anderson, Arjun Rampal, R Madhavan, Gulshan Grover.

Sundar is now slated to be transferred to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) in Bangalore.

The elephant was gifted to the administration of Jyotiba temple.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had alleged that the tusker was brutalised by the temple authorities, which was in their custody since 2007. In 2012, the state government had issued orders directing for Sundar’s release in a sanctuary. The orders were never implemented.

PETA then approached the Bombay High Court seeking the implementation of government orders. Vinay Kore, the politician who had allegedly gifted the tusker to the temple, moved a petition seeking setting aside of the government order. In the meantime, Sundar was moved to Warana nagar from the premises of Jyotiba temple.

“The elephant’s beatings had been caught on videotape, and veterinarians and elephant experts who examined Sunder found him scarred and wounded and chained so tightly that he couldn’t lie down.

The campaign for his release spanned 21 months as people in India and around the world worked to save him from his abusers. PETA India is now calling on Maharashtra Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sarjan Bhagat to implement the court’s order quickly before Sunder can be harmed again,” a press statement by PETA said.

The court on Monday ordered for the immediate enforcement of the government order. The division bench of V M Kanade and A K Menon directed that the transfer should be taken up before the onset of monsoon.

In the past, the court had observed that it was cruel to keep the animal chained. PETA had produced videographic evidence before the court showing the bad condition of the tusker. While the government authorities, in their submissions before the court in the past, had pleaded that Sundar was in musth condition, and therefore could not be moved, PETA had maintained that the tusker was fine, but was being severely tortured.


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The army of the kind,
Stands as ONE
For sundar and
Others,
We get the
Job done.
Thank you
To all
Who stood up
And cared,
Made their voices
Heard,
Signed petitions
And shared.

Live well, sweet sundar!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


9 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 8, 2014 2:34 pm

    The army of the kind,
    Stands as ONE
    For sundar and
    Others,
    We get the
    Job done.
    Thank you
    To all
    Who stood up
    And cared,
    Made their voices
    Heard,
    Signed petitions
    And shared.

    Live well, sweet sundar!

    Like

    • April 8, 2014 3:10 pm

      Thank you, sweetie, it’s the most perfect, I love it!

      Like

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        April 8, 2014 3:23 pm

        you are so welcome and thank you…been sick all day and this has been most healing news♥♥♥

        Like

        • April 8, 2014 7:21 pm

          I am so sorry you’ve been sick today! Feel better, my dear. 🙂

          Like

          • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
            April 9, 2014 12:58 pm

            Thank you so much

            Like

  2. elizabeth Rutledge permalink
    April 8, 2014 7:35 pm

    So when is the monsoon season? How long do you think it will take for Sundar to actually be free? Please take video of him arriving to the sanctuary finally free at last!

    Elizabeth Rutledge

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

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    • April 8, 2014 7:38 pm

      Good idea, Elizabeth! I suspect PETA will do that since they did with the bears released to sanctuary following their release from the concrete pits.

      Like

  3. Jane Lewis permalink
    April 8, 2014 8:11 pm

    Thank goodness I am so happy to hear this

    Please keep me updated

    Thank you

    Jane Lewis

    Like

  4. Jane Lewis permalink
    May 27, 2014 9:16 pm

    Why is this allowed ..so cruel to the bull

    Like

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