***** 6.4.14 UPDATE | VICTORY! SUNDER EMBRACES FREEDOM! *****
THE STORY OF SUNDER: From Assam to Kolhapur to Bangalore - From Captivity to Freedom.
-- Sunder was born in Punisi, a village in Assam, in 2000. Captured at a young age from the jungles of Assam, elephant Sunder was prematurely taken away from his mother & family. His first owner was Moneswar Maran, with whom Sunder stayed for seven years.
In January 2007, Maran sought permission from the Chief Conservator of Forests, Guwahati, Assam, to move Sunder to Bihar “for engaging in religious functions and processions only, due to the lack of a job for the elephant in Assam.” Records show that Maran did not sell Sunder — which the law prohibits — but “gifted” him to one Ram Singh of Bihar. Two months later, Singh sent Sunder to the Jyotiba Temple in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, at the behest of MLA Vinay Kore.
In March 2007, Sunder embarked on a 1,763-km truck ride from Patna to Sangli, Maharashtra, a journey far longer than the one to Bangalore. Maharashtra is not a natural habitat for elephants. As a consequence, it does not have many trained mahouts.
In Kolhapur, Sunder lived in a dark, tin shed near the Jyotiba Temple. There, Sunder was handled by (first handler), mahout Jameer, who would often get drunk and beat him. After the local press wrote about the ill-treatment, the Jyotiba Temple trustees hired 18-year-old Hayder Abu Bakr & assistant mahout, Atif. But, mahout Hayder was also accused of abusing Sunder.
Sunder was thrusted into a cruel life of street begging for the Jyotiba Temple. Sunder's days were filled with abuse & neglect at the hands of his mahouts.
As an elephant used as a street beggar, Sunder was denied adequate water and food. When Sunder was fed, he was usually given poor-quality raw rice in insufficient amounts. Sunder was also sometimes given noxious and hazardous substances, such as tobacco, by his mahout. Sunder was denied everything that is natural and important to an elephant. Beaten daily, Sunder lived in constant fear of his handlers....
Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals. In nature, they spend an average of 18 hours a day walking, feeding, bathing and interacting with other elephants. Elephants held in captivity are separated from their families when they are babies, and then sentenced to a lifetime of confinement, boredom, loneliness and abuse.
Constantly kept in chains, Sunder exhibited signs of mental illness, including repetitive swaying, rocking and head-bobbing (known as stereotypic behaviors), due to psychological trauma, lack of external stimuli, and prolonged confinement to small spaces. Sunder was denied freedom of movement, and on the rare occasion when he was taken outside, he was kept in spiked chains — used for further control by Sunder's mahouts. The severe confinement had led Sunder to act out in frustration, creating a risk for both Temple authorities and visitors.
After PETA India had received word of the abuse being inflicted upon Sunder, MLA Vinay Kore transferred the elephant to a poultry shed at Warananagar, 25 km from Kolhapur. There, for most of the day, Sunder was tied to metal rings attached to a concrete floor.
Soon, Sunder's plight would become international news...
In November 2012, the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued an order for Sunder’s release and transfer to a sanctuary. Despite the Minister of Forests' order calling for Sunder's release, the 14 yr old elephant remained in chains. Twelve months later, PETA India attorneys filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court. The court ordered Sunder’s release, but Kore appealed against the judgment in the Supreme Court.
Finally, the apex court, on May 21, 2014, ordered the Kolhapur Forest Division (PCCF) to ensure Sunder’s transfer to Bannerghatta Rehabilitation Centre in Bangalore by June 15, 2014.
SUNDER'S PLIGHT has brought international attention to the abuse and neglect of elephants in the Indian temples.
After nearly seven years of horrific torment, 14-year-old elephant, Sunder, finally embraces freedom!
*** NEWS REPORTS | SUNDER UPDATES ***
via PETA India: 'PETA India Funds India's First Vast, Free-Roaming Sanctuary'
"PETA India, in collaboration with Carol Buckley (CEO @Elephant Aid International), has transformed Sunder's home into a chain-free haven for rescued elephants!
A solar electric fence and a state-of-the-art emergency corral made of steel pipes are nearly complete for the 49.5-hectare sanctuary - Bannerghatta Rehabilitation Center (BBP). The enclosure will allow a herd of 15 elephants to roam, bathe in ponds, and socialise without being restricted by the chains commonly used in India for captive elephants.
With the freedom to engage in natural behaviour within a large open space that they can call their own, Sunder and his new family have the opportunity to thrive. While most captive elephants remain in dire straits, with BBP, PETA was able to make the dream of freedom a reality. Hopefully, the sanctuary will act as a model for elephant sanctuaries throughout Asia.
We’re grateful to everyone who has made a difference in Sunder’s life. It couldn’t have happened without compassionate people like you around the world taking action."
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1wQjtAd
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
via PETA India: "The Rescue of Elephant Sunder"
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
via Carol Buckley: "We trimmed Sunder and Laxmi's feet on Saturday. The vets were excited to learn. The mahouts were apprehensive because they had never experienced foot trimming. And both Sunder and Lamxi relaxed to the point of sleeping. Laxmi's feet are a prime example of all that is good about her environment, management and social situation. Her nails were slightly overgrown, but otherwise perfect! I look forward to seeing Sunder's feet in this condition in the near future.''
OCTOBER 27, 2014
via Carol Buckley: "The solar-powered, chain-free enclosure that I designed at the Bannerghatta Biological Park is operational. The elephants are chain-free! Much thanks to BBP, PETA India and all the supporters who made this dream come true for Sunder and the 14 other elephants he calls family.''
OCTOBER 13, 2014
via Carol Buckley: "Corral construction for Sunder and family is going well. Soon, 122 acres of natural habitat will be enclosed and the elephants will shed their chains.''
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
via Carol Buckley: "Great progress being made at the Bannerghatta Biological Park for Sunder and his family.''
CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN on Sunder's (and his family's) new chain-free/pain-free sanctuary.
"Sunder has a new life and a fresh start at a wonderful facility,” said Carol Buckley, an expert in innovative approaches to elephant welfare in captivity who was commissioned by PETA India to design a chain-free facility at the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) where Sunder now lives.
BBP has all the desired components for captive elephants. Its 122 acres of diverse habitat include open pasture, shaded forests and ponds, where the elephants are free to roam and play during the day. At night, they are given access to the adjoining national park forest for foraging and exploration.
The construction of a custom designed, solar powered, chain-free perimeter fence system to enclose the entire daytime habitat will give the elephants even more autonomy.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1q5Db81
- A collaborative effort by Elephant Aid International, A Carol Buckley Project
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
via Carol Buckley: "The plans are finalized; the contractor engaged and construction begins today on the 122-acre chain-free facility for Sunder and family!
Soon, all 15 elephants will live chain-free thanks to Sunder, PETA India and the Bannerghatta Biological Park."
AUGUST 11, 2014
'Sunder, the Elephant, Embarks on a New Life'
-- "Elephant welfare expert Carol Buckley says the rescued elephant is in good hands at model facility. More than a month after his rescue from a life of horrific suffering, 15-year-old bull elephant Sunder is enjoying lush forests, cool ponds and the close companionship of 14 other elephants at the Bannerghatta Rehabilitation Centre outside of Bangalore, India.
Sunder’s tragic plight touched the hearts of people from all around the world and galvanized an international social media campaign that helped win his release and recovery.
According to Buckley, BRC has all of the desired components for captive elephants. Its 122 acres of diverse habitat include open pasture, shaded forests and ponds, where the elephants are free to roam and play during the day. At night, they are given access to the adjoining national park forest for foraging and exploration.
The upcoming construction of a custom designed, solar powered, chain-free perimeter fence system to enclose the entire daytime habitat will give the elephants even more autonomy. The fence will create a safe containment area, eliminating the need for mahouts to chain the elephants and dictate their activities. It should be completed before the end of the year.
Buckley noted that unlike most elephant facilities throughout the world, BRC’s mahouts manage their captive elephants in a “herder style” manner that supports their physical, emotional and mental health. This style of management acknowledges elephants’ nature as highly social, herd animals, giving them freedom to wander at will while mahouts keep a watchful eye on their whereabouts.
“Sunder has a new life and a fresh start at a wonderful facility,” said Carol Buckley, an expert in innovative approaches to elephant welfare in captivity who was commissioned by PETA India and invited to visit Sunder in India and design a chain-free facility at the park where he now lives.''
LINK TO STORY (w/Video): http://bit.ly/1q5Db81
JULY 26, 2014
'Sunder, the Elephant, Moves Towards Recovery'
[VIDEO] News Report via NDTV: http://bit.ly/1plYW5Z
JULY 25, 2014
'With a New Girlfriend, Sunder, the Elephant Moves Towards Recovery'
-- ''Sunder, the former temple elephant, is an unlikely celebrity with friends ranging from the Big B to rock legends. But, his international fame had come at a horrific cost. Sunder was filmed suffering abuse at the hands of his mahout at a temple in Maharashtra.
When the video of abuse found its way online it resulted in a barrage of outrage from animal lovers. The campaign finally resulted in his being moved to the Bannerghatta National Park outside Bangalore in June. Now, a month on, NDTV revisited Sunder in his new home, to find him happy and adjusting beautifully to his new home and new elephant family.
When we first met him in early June, the day he arrived here in Bannerghatta near Bangalore, he was stressed and uncertain, after a long road journey from Kolhapur. Now, in a new home, he is a changed elephant.
The 15 year old elephant was treated for the wound caused by constant chaining and is now allowed to spend more time with the other captive elephants - and wander with them during their trips outside their enclosure.
Sunder is getting used to a new diet - and new languages. From commands in Marathi, he now responds to Kannada and Hindi.
The Assistant Conservator of forests at the Bannerghatta National Park told NDTV, "He has taken to the food in Karnataka, Ragi mudde and fodder grass. Because of that, he is very healthy. He has special friends (among the group of captive elephants). He now has a girlfriend named Lakshmi."
Carol Buckley of Elephant Aid International - and elephant expert - was at the park, watching Sunder interact with the other elephants and play in a lake to which they had all been taken.
She told NDTV, "He's doing fabulous. He is so relaxed. He is very comfortable with all of these elephants, 14 other elephants, and as you can see, he's close friends with many already. I believe it's a good recovery, because he has now behavior that he has to learn, he has to learn how to be an elephant in a very healthy social situation. But he has close friends now that are teaching him. He is happy now, very happy."
We watched Sunder playing in the lake with his girlfriend and other elephant friends - and have every reason to believe that for this beautiful young elephant, the dark days are finally gone - and the bright days are here.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/UsJzO4
JULY 9, 2014
'Elephant Expert Arrives to Help Sunder at Bannerghatta Rehabilitation Centre'
-- ''Margaret Whittaker, an internationally renowned animal behaviourist who specialises in elephants, recently made her first visit to the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) in Bangalore with PETA and Animal Rahat veterinarians to train park mahouts in managing Sunder and other elephants using positive reinforcement techniques and no chains. Such techniques are uncommon in India.
Sunder is a formerly abused “temple elephant” who was beaten and kept tightly chained alone before he was rescued, following a PETA campaign and a Supreme Court decision to send him to Bangalore.
Whittaker began her career with animals at the Houston Zoo, where she developed positive reinforcement training techniques. For the past 16 years, she has beena behavioural consultant for Active Environments, working with zoos and sanctuaries in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
PETA is also working with BBP to fence in a 49.5-hectare forested area as well as an enclosure where male elephants can be kept chain-free during musth (a period of sexual urge) instead of using the traditional method of keeping male elephants in chains while they’re in musth."
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1mhVmd8
JULY 8, 2014
'Sunder's Pain to Free Jumbos from Chains'
-- "Very soon, elephants in the Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) near Bangalore may soon be free of their drag chain and walk around freely in the 49.5-hectare elephant rescue centre.
As a first step, Margaret Whittaker, an animal behaviourist, has arrived at the BNP to train the mahouts in managing Sunder and other elephants without chains. Sunder, the anguished elephant whose cause was upheld by several celebrities — including Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Pamela Anderson — was brought to the BNP in June this year. The Bombay High Court had ordered the transfer of Sunder to a sanctuary in Bangalore from Wararanagar in Kolhapur after it found that the tusker had been chained and ill-treated at a temple.
Ms. Whittaker, who specialises in elephant behaviour, is renowned for using positive reinforcement techniques and not punishment, a press release issued by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India said. She has been working with animals for the past 16 years and has been working as a behaviour consultant working with zoos and sanctuaries in America, Europe and Asia.
Manilal Valliyate, director of Veterinary Affairs, PETA India, said although Sunder and other elephants were walking around freely in the park most of the time, the drag chain tied to the foreleg led to the feeling that their movement was restricted.
“Even though the elephants walk around the forest area freely, there still is a feeling that they are restricted. So we are trying to work with the park authorities and are helping them transit to a chain-free system for handling elephants,” he said and added that they were working with the park authorities to fence the forested area.
Besides, he also said they were planning to have an enclosure where male elephants could be kept chain-free during musth (period of sexual urge). Meanwhile, the BNP authorities, who were initially sceptical about the challenge as they felt their mahouts were uneducated and their elephants were wild, have now decided to accept the challenge. “In a few months hopefully all of our 15 elephants would be freed from chains,” sources in the park said.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1zoupd9
JUNE 28, 2014
'Sunder & Lakshmi Take a Bath'
-- ''We know we just reported on Sunder, but we thought that perhaps – like us – you can’t get enough of the photos of his progress. Sunder, who endured six years of abuse and isolation at the Jyotiba temple, was moved to the Bannerghatta Biological Park by the order of the Supreme Court of India after it ruled in PETA’s favour for Sunder’s rescue. He has now been moved from the section of the elephant care centre visible to the public to a protected area inside the forest, where he can live more like an elephant should.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1iEPfje
JUNE 25, 2014
-- ''Sunder is settling into his lush green new home at the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP). Before the Supreme Court ruled in PETA’s favour for Sunder’s rescue, the elephant spent his days abused and in isolation. Now, Sunder has friends of his own species, gets coconuts for treats and even got the opportunity to splash around in a natural pond for the first time in his life!
Because Sunder endured violent beatings and solitary confinement for much of his life, his new caretakers are still handling him cautiously and keeping him lightly restrained. Sunder is also still recovering from the massive wound that was on his leg – caused by heavy chains – which is now healing. Veterinarians with PETA’s sister organisation Animal Rahat have been at BBP since Sunder’s first day there in order to help with his transition and report that the elephant is showing positive signs of progress.
Sunder is also increasingly being permitted to interact with the park’s 13 other elephants, and he will eventually join their happy herd. Once he has recovered and adjusted, he will be able to roam the forest, streams and ponds in the park with his new family.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/TjZY6x
EXCLUSIVE: Watch this heart-warming video of Sunder enjoying a bath in a pond for the FIRST time after his rescue. Sunder loves being in water and using his trunk as a snorkel.
LINK TO VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1v5whT7
JUNE 13, 2014
'FAQ's About Elephant Sunder Answered'
-- PETA India thanks everyone who has been asking about Sunder. Included at the link below are answers to FAQ's.
LINK TO Q&A : http://bit.ly/1pV7pgj
JUNE 12, 2014
'Sunder First Week of Care at BBP'
-- "We are pleased to report that in Sunder’s first week at Bannerghatta Biological Park, where he is to reside by order of the Supreme Court of India, he is responding well to the care he has received from the park veterinarians and mahouts, as well as veterinarians with our sister organisation Animal Rahat, who have remained there to help with his transition.
Since Sunder was the victim of unimaginable abuse for nearly 15 years, the veterinarians and mahouts are still getting to know his temperament, and since this is a large park, they are proceeding with caution in order to protect Sunder, the other elephants and themselves. They are introducing him to his new environment and family slowly, with care and some restraint. The mahouts at the park are new to Sunder, and the only mahouts he has known in the past were those who beat him repeatedly even when he was lying down. A new relationship of trust is being established between Sunder and the new mahouts, and building that trust takes time. But, Sunder is making progress.
Sunder is still recovering from a massive injury on his leg that he sustained while he was being abused, so he has not yet been permitted to walk through the 49.5-hectare (122 acres) forested area with his new family members. But, soon, he will!
You may remember that the majestic Van Raj was the first elephant Sunder met at the park and the two hit it off. This week, Van Raj was often kept and fed near Sunder in order to help him adjust to his new surroundings.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1jn6ccH
JUNE 7, 2014
'Sunder: Adapting to his New Home & Next Steps'
Read about Sunder’s first day at the Elephant Care Centre after his rescue, the elephants he met, and learn what’s in store for him next:
-- "First, after getting off the truck, Sunder was given fruits. Along the road, he had become accustomed to and seemed to look forward to getting a treat at every stop!
Once he is thought to be psychologically and physically ready, Sunder will be transitioned to be with his new family, with whom he will be able to walk around freely. He has already met a few of those family members and was quite excited to see them. His loneliness and desire for the company of other elephants over the years, after being taken from his mother, must have been overwhelming.
The first elephant Sunder met was Van Raj, a giant bull elephant. Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA’s director of veterinary affairs, reports, “When Van Raj went near Sunder, he was a little scared, but when Van Raj touched him, that was the moment I saw a glow in Sunder’s eyes. He also touched Van Raj and found himself to be in the comfort of his first friend at the Elephant Care Centre!”
Sunder was first unloaded from the truck in the forest and then moved to the Elephant Care Centre. Dr Valliyate reports, “When two female elephants and Van Raj came to accompany Sunder to the Elephant Care Centre, it was such a wonderful sight to see Sunder surrounded by company of his own species. Maybe for the first time, he tried to strike a chord with the ladies near him. He touched and smelled them.”
Other elephants in the park bathe in the pond and wander about on their own with their mahouts watchful but at a distance. Park officials have told PETA that the entire 49.5-hectare forested area for elephants will be fenced in to allow the herd of 13 elephants – which Sunder will join – to roam freely at all times except when they need medical treatment.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1uyjLNt
JUNE 6, 2014
'After Years of Abuse, Sunder the Elephant, is Home at Last'
-- "Sunder made the long journey of 680 kms from Kolhapur to Bangalore by road in a truck and arrived at the centre early on Friday morning.
Dr Manilal Vaniyatte, from PETA, told NDTV, "We came from Kolhapur and we had to take breaks in between. Sunder also enjoyed the journey. BBP has been kind enough to take him as a new resident and he has 13 other elephants for company."
Sunder's new life will begin now and we hope that his biggest challenge going ahead will be how to get a jackfruit in his mouth!"
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/Uhvkfn
LINK TO VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1lbwtOY
JUNE 5, 2014
'Elephant Sunder, Free from Torment at Last'
-- "Despite All Obstacles and Continuing Threats, Young Elephant Will Soon Receive the Care He Needs and Enjoy the Company of Other Elephants
The long running story of Sunder, the much-loved yet much-abused young elephant (see video below), seems to have reached a happy conclusion as he is now being moved into a 49.5 hectare forested elephant care centre in Bangalore.
Sunder was placed onto a truck by a team of experts who had travelled to Kolhapur to work with the Maharashtra Forest Department, and he is now on his way to the sanctuary, as per an order of India’s Supreme Court. At the centre, he will have the company of 13 other elephants.''
JUNE 4, 2014
'Sunder Not Ready to Board Truck, Given 3-Day Rest'
-- "After spending two days trying to unsuccessfully lure Sunder, a wounded elephant, into a specialised truck to take him to the rehabilitation centre in Bangalore, the Kolhapur Forest division has decided to let the reluctant animal rest for two to three days before the next attempt."
JUNE 3, 2014
'PCCF Allows Chaos, Obstructing Sunder’s Move'
-- "Veterinary reports from yesterday detail how the Maharashtra Forest Department has failed to adhere to guidelines. Vet experts recommended a quiet environment and put fruits on the truck in order to entice Sunder onto it. They also recommended that Sunder be guided by a mahout who will give the right commands rather than by the mahout whom Sunder fears and who yells at him (Hayder), hits him and issues false commands. However, the Forest Department has failed to meet these and other basic objectives, thereby preventing the move and allowing Sunder to be deliberately confused and agitated.
Now, further delaying the process, which has already been obstructed for three days, the Forest Department claims that it needs approval from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) to allow Sunder to be moved according to the protocols which are being recommended by the veterinary experts who have travelled especially to Kolhapur to supervise Sunder’s move.''
JUNE 2, 2014
'Court Order Remains Neglected: Sunder Unhappy'
-- ''After numerous failed attempts to get Sunder on the truck, the team broke, then tried again later last evening - again, to no avail. The special team of vets & two caring mahouts will try again tomorrow.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1l1jijA
MAY 29, 2014
'Finally: Freedom for Sunder'
-- "After a long battle, PETA India has finally obtained the release of Sunder, the abused elephant. Sunder is a 14-year-old elephant who has been held captive for seven years, knowing nothing but a life of pain, fear, and misery.
The struggle is now over for Sunder. In a statement to the press, PETA Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman states, ”Despite every obstacle thrown in his path, this abused young elephant will now be on his way to safety.”
This vote to uphold Sunder's release is truly a monumental victory for not only Sunder, but captive animals everywhere. As Reiman says, “By ordering his release, the Indian Supreme Court has made clear that cruelty to elephants, even in the name of religion, will not be tolerated.”
Court orders detail that Sunder MUST be moved by June 15th, a strict deadline that will ensure he gets the justice he deserves this time!
This amazing victory can be seen as the direct result of all the hard work of activists and organizations alike and shows that real change can happen if you don’t give up. We wish Sunder all the happiness he deserves in his new life and hope he never has to experience fear or pain again."
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1wyPhgh
MAY 29, 2014
'Supreme Court Issues Implementation of Bombay HC Order for Sunder's Release'
-- ''Today, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgment in favour of PETA India by ordering the implementation of a 7 April 2014 Bombay High Court order to release the well-known and much-abused young elephant, Sunder, to an elephant care centre in Bangalore by no later than 15 June.
The Supreme Court also ordered that the Secretary, Revenue and Forests Department, Maharashtra State will be responsible for the implementation of its order and must strictly meet the deadline.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1j4VAPh
MAY 24, 2014
'Sunder, the Elephant, To Soon Walk Free'
-- "A month after the Bombay High Court ordered the release of Sunder, the Forest Dept says it has finally put together a team of experts which will transport Sunder from captivity in Warananagar to a rehabilitation centre in the Bannerghatta national park in Karnataka. Special teams of mahouts and veterinary doctors have been called in from Kerala to assist the transfer; the team will arrive in Kerala to help in the operation on May 31. A special truck has been hired for transport."
Sunder is due to be released around mid-June. Further updates will be posted as news becomes publicly available.
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1mXV4W2
MAY 21, 2014
'Injured Elephant, Sunder, Awaits Transport to Bangalore'
-- ''A check-up done on elephant Sunder revealed that he suffered a massive wound on his left hind limb. The examination was done by Dr Sasindra Dev, Forest Veterinary officer, who was called in for issuing a health and fitness certificate for Sunder before he was transported to Bangalore. Although there is a large wound caused by poor management, Sunder IS fit for transportation under veterinary supervision and guidance."
Forest Department officials under whose supervision the elephant is kept, admitted of Sunder being injured but added that after proper medication and treatment, he is recovering. Kore has challenged the order of the high court in the Supreme Court, whose hearing is scheduled for May 29. On that day, the Bangalore rehabilitation centre was told to clarify the facilities available for Sunder there. However, the court has refused to stay the transportation from Kolhapur.
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1kE3C6q
MAY 20, 2014
'Sunder Found Wounded On Kore's Property'
-- ''During a recent veterinary inspection by an elephant expert, 14-year-old elephant Sunder was found with what the health examination report calls a “MASSIVE wound as a result of constant tying with heavy chains”. The expert’s report also states that Sunder should be moved from Kolhapur to an elephant-care centre in Bangalore “on an emergency basis”, as directed by the Bombay High Court. The court had ordered the Maharashtra Forest Department to move Sunder to the centre before the monsoon season.''
LINK TO STORY: http://bit.ly/1k7eSI5
MAY 9, 2014
'Kore Files Appeal Supreme Court'
-- ''As you may know, the Bombay High Court issued an order for Sunder’s release and rehabilitation in Bangalore before the monsoon (June); the PCCF is responsible for overseeing Sunder's release. As far as the paperwork is concerned, Sunder is nearly ready to be moved. However, opposition may be an issue; Sir Vinay Kore has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an attempt to stop Sunder’s move.''
APRIL 7, 2014
-- 'HC Orders Sunder's Release to a Sanctuary'
Per the hearing on March 20, 2014, the Bombay High Court has issued an order of release in the matter of State vs. PETA India re abused elephant, Sunder. This is a LANDMARK RULING on behalf of the BHC! The court has ordered for Sunder to be relocated from Warananagar to Bangalore.
As the PCCF (Dept of Forestry) is now responsible for overseeing Sunder's release, the campaign continues; we are currently agitating Forest officials to act in the best interest of elephant, Sunder, urging them to expedite his release.
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