Keep Raju the crying elephant free!
  • Petitioning Shri Akhilesh Yadav - The Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh

This petition will be delivered to:

Shri Akhilesh Yadav - The Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Rupak De, IFS - The PCCF(Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Uttar Pradesh Forest Department

Keep Raju the crying elephant free!

    1. Petition by

      Wildlife SOS

Don't let them put Raju back into a life of misery and spiked chains!

We rescued Raju after he spent approximately 50 years chained up, beaten, and help captive by beggars in India. His rescue story went viral online because this abused elephant was crying tears of joy when he was finally set free in a loving environment at our elephant sanctuary.

At the time of his rescue he was near death. He was emaciated, dehydrated and exhausted. Despite his frailness, he was forced to beg on the streets and was being kept in spiked chains.

Now the cruel person who had illegal custody of him is trying to get him back through the Allahabad court. You helped free him once by supporting Wildlife SOS campaigns and our sanctuaries.

We need your voice once again to keep his freedom.

There have been delays in the court system, and although Raju is currently safe with our staff at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, a decision may come down from the court as early as October 27 (this is the rescheduled date following court delays again on September 22 and October 13).
Please sign to tell the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and State governments to keep Raju free!

Recent signatures


    1. Raju the elephant remains free despite more court delays

      Raju's court date was supposed to be today, but it has been delayed again.

      The new date is now October 13.

      We know you are frustrated with the many delays and so are we.

      Thankfully, while the delays continue Raju continues to grow healthier and happier everyday at our sanctuary, and he is unaware that any of this is going on.

      We will let you know if there anything else you can do to help and can suggest liking our Facebook page to see photos of Raju's new life and additional updates on our work to help wildlife.

      Thank you for your patience and support.

      -Wildlife SOS

      Wildlife S.O.S

      Wildlife S.O.S. 128,157 likes · 59,536 talking about this. Wildlife SOS is a registered Non Profit Charity in India, USA and UK.

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    Reasons for signing

      • 42 minutes ago

      yes, it is the responsibility of every human being to show compassion towards our animal friends

    • Stephanie Fillingham NEWQUAY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 43 minutes ago

      I don't want the previous owners to use this animal for begging. They should not be allowed to abuse Raju.

    • Irena Goodwin LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 hours ago

      Do not allow the greedy owner who has been cruel have the this wonderful elephant back

    • Barbara Costa CENTRAL FALLS, RI
      • about 3 hours ago

      It was so sad the way raju was treated . why must he go back to this terrible life?

      • about 3 hours ago

      Stop cruelty towards animals


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