- Mr. Amrit Tripathi, IASDistrict Magistrate -Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh
Help Us Save a Tortured Elephant: SUCCESS!
We updated you yesterday on Mohan's newfound freedom as he was on the road to his new life at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura. Now he's arrived -- and your support helped us get him there immensely. Thank you again.
At this point we are officially closing the petition. If you would like to continue your support for Mohan -- and he really needs it, suffering from a host of health issues based on decades of neglect and abuse -- please see our donate page, here:
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Thank you again, Mohan supporters! Together we did it.
Imagine being ripped away from your mother’s side as a baby and spending the next 50 years of your life in chains. That is the story of Mohan, a 56-year-old bull elephant who has spent almost his entire life in captivity. Mohan has been worked, tortured, and abused by his owner. Having lost custody of Mohan in a recent court case, his owner, Mr. Bhupendar Mishra, has now filed an appeal that threatens to delay his release and could even keep him chained up for the rest of his life.
We are asking District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi to throw out Mr. Mishra’s appeal to reclaim his elephant and release the elephant to our rescue center.
We are Wildlife SOS, an organization dedicated to saving India’s wildlife. We previously started a petition to keep Raju the “crying elephant” from being returned to his cruel owners. And, after nearly half a million signatures, we won that battle! However, the story wasn’t all good news. We couldn’t rescue Mohan, Raju’s companion who also endured the same horrible treatment. Mysteriously, Mohan disappeared during our final rescue attempt and we were unable to locate him till recently.
Now we need your help. The court has already stripped Mr. Mishra’s right to keep him, but he has appealed the judge's ruling and wants to keep Mohan living a life of misery. But there is still hope. The judge can throw out his case and order Mohan into our custody. That’s where all of you come in! We need your support to help ensure Mohan’s release.
As a young elephant Mohan lost the freedom that every wild animal deserves. And for 50 years he has endured injuries, beatings, malnourishment, dehydration and even been forced to eat plastic. This is not how life should be for such a majestic creature. Join Wildlife SOS and ask District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi to throw out Mr. Mishra’s case and allow Mohan to enjoy the rest of his life in peace.
- District Magistrate -Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh
Mr. Amrit Tripathi, IAS
Respected Sir, Mohan the elephant has lived more than five decades in chains. He is malnourished, dehydrated, and in dire need of proper care. He has suffered ongoing abuse, and even in his condition is still forced to work carrying heavy loads.
As you are aware, the people who are holding Mohan in chains in Lalganj are doing so in violation of the law. They have no legal ownership rights on the elephant and have abused him for many years. The U.P. Forest Department has initiated action to rescue Mohan elephant with assistance from Wildlife SOS, and shift the elephant to the Elephant Care Center in Mathura where he will be able to live the rest of his life free from pain and with dignity.
Despite having all necessary documentation required to take custody of Mohan, as well as Police Protection, the Forest Department and Wildlife SOS were met by an angry mob in Lalganj who prevented Mohan elephant's rescue.
We humbly appeal to you to help expedite the release of Mohan to the custody of the Forest Department and Wildlife SOS. Please protect Mohan and ensure that he be allowed to live out his life with dignity at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura.
Thank you for your kindness and for helping to free Mohan.
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