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Elephant Interrupts McCartney’s Olympic Rehearsal

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 26, 2012

Paul McCartney just made an Olympic-sized move for animals. In the midst of preparations for the London Olympics, which begin tomorrow, he put rehearsals on hold to send an urgent letter to Indian Forest Minister Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam asking him to help rescue an abused baby elephant

The young elephant, named Sunder, is confined to a dark shed at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, where he is kept in chains that have sharp spikes attached to them. The spikes stab Sunder’s feet, making it impossible for him to take a single step in any direction. PETA India learned that Sunder also has lesions all over his body from where his handler has beaten him with a bullhook (a sharp metal device that looks like a fireplace poker) and that his right eye is injured from being jabbed with the bullhook.

In his letter, Paul implored:

I most respectfully call on you to use your authority to get Sunder out, placed in your protective custody, and eventually integrated into a herd in the forest. … Please know the world is watching and wishing for a happy conclusion.

You can help! Urge the Maharashtra Forest Minister to use his authority to rescue Sunder and send him to a sanctuary.

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  • Sue Whyberd says:

    We are still waiting for news of this elephant’s release from daily torture. Please keep him in the news, so that people don’t forget that while we are living comfortable lives, this animal is alone and in misery.

  • Sharon says:

    The news of Sunder breaks my heart. NO ANIMAL should endure abuse, whether it is here in the USA or around the world. I have made a donation to PETA and hope your organization can make the higher court in India support the abolishment of cruelty, especially Sunder release ASAP. I cannot believed the court would allow this to continue, even in India.

  • Cynthia says:

    What is Paul McCartney doing about it now?! Get out there and finish what you started! This is incredibly heartbreaking.

  • Sue Whyberd says:

    This is one of the worst things I have ever seen. I have been thinking about this poor animal all day. Something must be done before the animal dies. I assume from the treatment it’s receiving that its handlers are trying to beat it to death. How can this be allowed to happen?

  • Nicki says:

    Please save this poor animal. This is horrific !

  • Vanessa Anderson says:

    My heart goes out to this animal…it is very upsetting to see this…If by any chance someone can rescue this animal my place is very welcome for him to stay an be taken care of till he can be placed…so Paul if you are reading any of these messages please contact me if this is an option…maybe Obama could make a call to try and help this little guy….put this on the news across the board ….set up a donation to resue him to get him shipped somewhere safe…then these men need to be dealt with….

  • C Taylor says:

    No animal deserves to be treated as this little elephant has been. Please do what you can. I will sign back on to donate what I can to this undertaking.

  • Barbara Chichester says:

    The torture of innocent, defenseless animals will always come back to haunt you. Please stop the cruelty.

  • Barbara Chichester says:

    The torture of innocent, defenseless animals will always come back to haunt you. Please stop the cruelty.