Retire Sombo Ban Elephants in Phnom Pehn
  • Petitioned H.E Cheng Kimsun

This petition was delivered to:

Royal Delegate in Charge of Director General of Forestry Administration
H.E Cheng Kimsun
Minister of Tourism
H.E Dr. Thong Khon
Governor of Phnom Penh
H.E Kep Chuk Tema
Governor of Phnom Penh
H.E Kep Chuk Tema
Secretary of State: Directorate of Museums and Directorate of Heritage
H.E. Chuch Phoeurn

Retire Sombo Ban Elephants in Phnom Pehn

    1. Jude Price
    2. Petition by

      Jude Price

      Adelaide, Australia

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January 2012

Victory

Sombo was famous as the only street elephant at the temple in Phnom Pehn ... and also for her suffering, with all four of her feet in need of vet care. A local advocate has been working with her owner and local officials to retire Sombo, and recently an elephant lover based in AU started a petition to support the cause. More than 4,000 signatures later, the owner agreed to a deal to send Sombo to a sanctuary.

Sombo is a 51 year old, female elephant, living a solitary life in the city of Phnom Penh for the last 30 years. She walks a 4km round trip from her living area behind a casino to Wat Phnom temple. Sombo stands at the temple up to 9 hours a day, 4 days a week, with a heavy chair on her back and gives rides to tourists. This poor elephant has appalling feet, and limps due to a painful abscess and overgrown toenails that have been neglected due to her owners greed for money.

On Sat 29th October 2011, EARS funded and supported the entire medical examination for Sombo. Her owners were eager for us to examine their elephant due to her foot condition.

Dr Paolo Martelli, DMV (liege), CertZooMed (RCVS), Chief Veterinarian, Ocean Park, Hong Kong, flew to Phnom Penh to issue a full medical report. His conclusion states that she is painfully lame as a result of pododermatitis, osteitis, ostoelysis, deep sepsis and other lesions. Furthermore, if the lameness is not improved drastically it will lead to degeneration of all joints in all limbs. This will result in an incapacitated animal. The main reason explaining the limb lesions is the lifestyle of the animal which involves walking on hard ground, and walking on hard ground on damaged feet.

SOMBO NEEDS URGENT TREATMENT - Her owners are sadly putting the tourist dollar before their elephant’s health.

EARS will fund the entire medical treatment if this elephant is retired. We are unable to treat her whilst she still walks on hard ground as advised by the vet.

We need YOUR help. We need you to voice your concern by signing this petition to the authorities in Cambodia. Then please share the petition widely on twitter, via facebook, by email and Change.org channels. We must be her voice.

For Sombo Elephant!

For more information about Sombo and how you can assist please visit: www.earsasia.org or www.elephantectivism.org 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!

      Jude Price
      Petition Organizer

      It is a hard thing to see, and for Sombo harder to live with...her feet have become so infected all four are oozing pus, BUT! we share with great joy that at 4am January 30 2012, Louise Rogerson from EARS was present as Sombo's owner walked Sombo to a newly acquired piece of green land, where she will stop work and thanks to EARS (and we hope all your support soon) receive top veterinary care and heal. Watch this Space for the Media Releae from EARS. For Elephants!

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Sombo Negotiations Continue

      Jude Price
      Petition Organizer

      Louise Rogerson of EARS continues to discuss Sombo's future with officials in Phnom Penh and her owner Mr Sin Sorn. Please see the latest video of Sombo taken in December at the link. We are keeping the petition open until Sombo has been rescued and retired to Sanctuary. Please continue to share and ask friends to sign!

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. Keep on Keeping on

      Jude Price
      Petition Organizer

      As we sign the petition others too are writing letters to the Cambodian Officials -All of our activity is helping Sombo, if you would like to help in other ways please visit EARS Asia page to find the letter templates via the link below. Thank you for your care and concern. it is people like you who are willing to work for this one elephant, or for all elephants that makes the world a better place.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Email Bounces - Mailbox full - not a permanent error.

      Jude Price
      Petition Organizer

      Dear petitioners - some reports of email bouncing have made their way back to me. The email addresses are correct. Two of the five email recipient mailboxes are FULL - this is the message that is being received. please do not worry about it. Please continue to share the petition the Cambodian Officials ARE receiving the emails.

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Day 1 for Petition but years of pain for Sombo

      Jude Price
      Petition Organizer

      Read more about Sambo at earsasia.org

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • jackie harryman GRAVESEND KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      i cannot stand the thought of the pain the poor creature has to endure all the time she should be able to retire to a sanctuary and live a peaceful life without being exploited by people who only think of her

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    • Michael Zwo MUNICH, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I don't want to visit a country where elephants get abused for a weak tourist attraction. Let's have more respect against life.

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    • Vicki Langley NERANG, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Sombo's health is failing. She is a beautiful and gentle elephant who has gone through so much in her life. She deserves to live out her remaining years in comfort , dignity and safety.

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    • John Wong NHA TRANG, VIET NAM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Animals experience pain & suffering as much as we do & such exploitation of this elephant speaks of indifference and cruelty no matter how desperate the poverty of Sombo's owners are.

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    • uma cox BRENTWOOD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      please let this beautiful animal live the rest of her life pain free and happy!

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