Free Sunder and Send him to a sanctuary
  • Petitioned Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam

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Minister of Forest
Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam

Free Sunder and Send him to a sanctuary

    1. Manoj Oswal
    2. Petition by

      Manoj Oswal

      Pune, MH

June 2014


Update : Following extensive public pressure and an order from the MoEF (Gov of India), Dr Patangrao Kadam, the Maharashtra forest minister has ordered the release of Sunder.  While the necessary orders have been passed to release Sunder, the procedure and logistics for his actual release will take 2-4 weeks. We need to keep the pressure on till Sunder is sent to a sanctuary.

Sunder, a young elephant at the Jyotiba temple in Maharashtra is kept under horrible conditions. He is confined to chains with sharp spikes and kept alone inside a dark shed, where he can barely move. Sunder is denied all that is natural and important to him and lives in fear.

Sunder has sustained serious injuries around his eyes because of prodding using the ‘ankus’ a restraining device. When he is rarely taken outside, he is tied to a spiked chain. Keeping Sunder in these conditions might lead severe psychological distress, cause leg injuries, foot ailments and arthritis.

The elephant may also prove to be dangerous to people around the temple  when he experiences condition called 'musth'. Musth is a periodic condition in bull elephants, characterized by highly aggressive behavior, accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones – testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times. During this period, elephants need specialized care from trained vets and this is not available for Sunder

Elephants are very sensitive animals, conscious of environmental changes and happenings all-around. Harsh restraint methods and training procedures adversely affects its self respect and honour that may lead to undesired consequences.

The officials concerned are trying to slide the issue under the carpet. There is still no clarity if the elephant was procured legally or not. There is still no caretaker to take proper care of the animal and the local politicians are trying to pressurize the officials to give a clean chit to the temple management.

Join me in telling Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, the Minster of Forest, to immediately free Sunder and rehabilitate him and follow the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), notification for rehabilitation of captive and chained elephants. 

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    Reasons for signing

    • Heather DeLory TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is too cruel.. Also, you gave your word that he would go to a sanctuary! Please keep it

    • Rebecca Arnoldy MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      WHY!! Would you want to have such an incredible endangered animal only to treat id so poorly? Send Sunder to a sanctuary and show the world you have a heart and soul please!!!

    • Lorelei Chattle WHEATRIDGE, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is cruelty, and I cannot condone it. I will fit against it. I will never support any country, business or economy that actively hurts animals in any way. Thank you

    • Catherine Cantieri PORTSMOUTH, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Elephants are among the most magnificent creatures on earth. To see one in chains is horrifying and heartbreaking.

      • about 2 years ago

      é uma grande oportunidade para a conciencia coletiva incentivar a outros a fazer o que é correto!


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