Exclusive Sir Paul McCartney Still chained and beaten despite the fact that the Bombay high court weeks ago ordered the animal's release to a sanctuary.
Sir Paul McCartney Still chained and beaten despite the fact that the Bombay high court weeks ago ordered the animal's release to a sanctuary.
A beaten and chained Indian elephant that Sir Paul McCartney campaigned to rescue is being treated as cruelly as ever in captivity and is now suffering a severe, raw, gaping leg wound, despite the fact that the Bombay high court weeks ago ordered the animal's release to a sanctuary.
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has revealed that the 14-year-old elephant, called Sunder, had a "massive wound … as a result of constant tying with heavy chains" when a vet last week visited the animal at the old poultry shed where he is being kept in Kolhapur, India. The vet's report stated that Sunder should be rescued “on an emergency basis”.
A campaign backed by former Beatle Sir Paul was launched by PETA two years ago to free Sunder from the Hindu temple where he was being kept at that time, after it emerged that the elephant was being beaten by his handler. The elephant had a number of scars, as well as a nasty eye injury and a hole in his ear. Sir Paul wrote a letter to India's forest minister in July 2012. He wrote: “I have seen photographs of young Sunder … put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way and enough is enough.”
Pamela Anderson also supported the campaign.
Sunder spent six years chained at the Jyotiba Temple in Kolhapur, a city south of Mumbai in India, after he was donated by a local politician. Soon after the campaign's launch, the elephant was moved to the poultry shed in Kolhapur, in the state of Maharashtra, against the orders of authorities that he should be sent to a sanctuary to roam free. A hearing in the Bombay high court last month concluded that the Maharashtra forest department - the only government body with the authority to move Sunder - should send the animal to a sanctuary in Bangalo