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Urgent Update on Kaavan the Chained Elephant: Join us in Helping Free Kaavan to Sanctuary!

Samar Khan
Fremont, CA, United States

Sep 19, 2015 — Thank you all so much for your love and support of Kaavan!

Thanks to your voices, Kaavan's case is getting the attention it deserves. On Friday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif himself addressed Murghazar Zoo and it's cruelty and neglect of Kaavan. Prime Minister Sharif directed the zoo's authorities to adhere to World Wildlife Fund’s guidelines. Because of his intervention, Kaavan has finally been unchained from his shed! While it is great his chains have been removed, Kaavan still remains in solitary confinement in his tiny pen in Murghazar zoo.

You can find the news coverage and videos of Kaavan's unchaining on our facebook:

Our fight is not over, Kaavan remains in custody of the criminally negligent Murghazar Zoo. His enclosure is simply a length of grass with a small, unclean pond. Worst of all, he is alone, solitarily confined to his pen. The zoo wants to get another elephant from Sri Lanka, but they barely have the resources to care for Kaavan, capturing another wild elephant to bring to this prison would be terrible for both.

After his lifetime of suffering, Kaavan deserves better than this. There is no guarantee that Kaavan will remain unchained once the public eye is no longer on him. The zoo has gone back on it's word to unchain him before.

Our next plan of action is both to ensure both that Kaavan will remain unchained and that the Zoo will free Kaavan to a proper sanctuary.

To help get Kaavan to a sanctuary:

1.) Urge the CDA and Pakistan Authorities to put a live webcam in Kaavan's enclosure so that the public can ensure that he is unchained! Also continue to contact and put pressure on the Pakistan authorities to free him to a sanctuary.

You can find a template to send as an email here:

Please contact the following people to pressure them to send Kaavan to a sanctuary:

Chairman of CDA Amer Ali Ahmad's email address:
Amer Ali's office number is 0092-51-9252638.
CDA Facebook:
CDA Tel: +92-51-9253003/220
CDA Email:

Tell Islamabad Wildlife Head Marriyum Aurangzeb that she needs to push for Kaavan to go to a sanctuary instead of capturing another wild elephant for the zoo:
Phone Number: +92 51 287 9245 9

Thank the Prime Minister for looking into Kaavan's case and urge him to make the zoo send Kaavan to a sanctuary!


2.) Continue to spread the word! Awareness has been our biggest ally in this fight! Post the #FreeKaavan in all your social media, facebook, instagram, and twitter posts! If you know anyone in the media, ask them to cover Kaavan's story!

Here is Save Kaavan tweet sheet with all relevant public figures, all you have to do is copy paste the tweet into your twitter to send it:

Follow us on Facebook for regular Kaavan pictures and updates!

Thank you so much for your help and determination in this fight to free Kaavan. When I started this petition I had no idea that the response would be so overwhelmingly supportive. You all have proven that Kaavan can no longer be considered as Murghazar zoo's elephant. The world has adopted him. He is our elephant now, and we have to show the world that we will do everything we can to protect him.


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