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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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  • Cindy Wines says:

    Sometimes I am ashamed to be human. How can his mahout or the Temple put this poor elephant and much less the others through this torture? Can you imagine a two year old kid standing still for the whole day while people look at him?? Otherwise he is beaten or stabbed?? The spikes are so bad. I just sent pictures and a letter by certified mail to the Dalai Lama showing him what is happening to these innocent animals at these blessed Buddhist temples. This is not how he would like to see his beloved animals being treated and he needs to go to some of them and ask them to stop this torture and not to accept any more gifts from the State to these temples where these poor elephants are being starved, alone and tortured. This is so inhumane for these poor babies. So inhumane. It must stop.

  • Jane Dargan says:

    Please help this poor baby to live a happy life.

  • Ruth Clark says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE rescue this beautiful elephant, i would LOVE to do the same to the person who is doing this or any person that abuses any animal, they make me sick. Animals have feelings just like humans. SO PLEASE RESCUE SUNDER and let him have the best life that every animal deserves.

  • farana says:

    awww this is horrible :(

  • Rebecca says:

    What is wrong with people today? There is another way to humanely curtail this animal in a safe environment. Anyone who is abusive to any animal or mammal, should be jailed and fined heavily and put on an Abusive List.

  • Charlotte says:

    Let Sunder be free in his life. Help me to save Sunder. Stop the person who kept Sunder. I wish he can get his lucky life soon.

  • Abhishek Jain says:

    oh my god, this is disgusting. I hope to rescue it soon. One more case I wanna to share with PETA India. Pair of Elephant (cow and bull) is also in the same condition in Indore Zoo. so do something for them.

  • Poppy Skoumbourdis says:

    Please help release this beautiful creature from this unbearable life of cruelty. It is heart breaking seeing one of gods creatures treated like this. We are all here to share the earth, no human has the right to inflict this torture on such an animal. Please do something!!!!!!!

  • Madli says:

    It’s absolutely disgusting to see what people do to animals. I wish they realised how the animals feel. If it was in my power I would put all these people who mistreat them instead of the animals and do exactly the same. PLEASE release him, you can see him suffering!!!!!!!

  • Heather Timblin says:

    Anyone who can mistreat, abuse and confine any animal absolutely is lacking a conscious and inhuman. This is appalling. These wonderful beings have feelings just as we do. they are sentient beings and deserve our respect and help.

  • Derek says:

    This is disgusting, I would like to do the same thing to his handler. Please help the poor elephant.

  • Jacky says:

    It’s now time for this behaviour and abuse to STOP to this baby and to all living souls. Compassion is needed more than ever now and it’s up to you to help create this. Thank you!

  • cecilia gorisch hagemeyer negrão says:

    Pelo amor de Deus o que esses malditos estão fazendo, maldito pega e se mata vai fazer um bem para a humanidade. Revolta..

  • Pat says:

    Please help get this baby out and back were he can be an Elephant and not a prisoner. he needs to be with other elephants. please seek custody and get him out of the dark and back into the light. STOP THE ABUSE!!!!

  • Tammy says:

    Please stop the torture of this beautiful baby…. :(

  • Jeanne Coyle says:

    Lord please watch over this precious baby and all the animals that suffer at the hands of ignorant and cruel humans. Please see that the persons that commit these acts are brought to justice and that karma for them is a punishment that they will know is for their horrendous behavior.

  • kerry person says:

    Please e;ease this poor innocent Elephant from the torture it is under,let it be free annd given a proper home. This is an absolute disgrace and should be against the law!! Animal Abuse at its worst!!!

  • Patricia says:

    We commit enough atrocities against each other as humans and in this day that kind of treatment of an innocent animal should not be allowed. India and it’s people should be ashamed and not stand for this. Free that baby and other animals treated as inhumanely.

  • Psakreff says:

    Ne bántsátok Sándort! Let Sunder live a peaceful life! Gandhi szelleme, segíts! Help!

  • glenn says:

    its time to stop this torture…. and for what end… please help her..

  • mmherberg says:

    Help this poor baby!!! I am ashamed to be part of a race that could do such a thing

  • Tami says:

    This is disgusting!!! I can’t believe a human can treat an innocent animal like this! I pray that this beautiful baby elephant gets rescued very soon! & the person/ people that abused him, get the same in return a million times worse!! Also— ^^ send an email DIRECTLY to Forest Minister Kadam by clicking on the ” TAKE ACTION NOW” button!!!

  • Kim Flores says:

    Stop the abuse!! Release Sunder!

  • Jitka says:

    Be a human being!

  • Nikki Gundimeda says:

    Please use your authority to stop this inhumane torture; it is cruel and unbecoming of the temple. The ministry is responsible for protecting Indian forests and the animals who call it home. It is your duty to take custody of Sunder and strive towards preventing incidents like this.

  • amynmrb says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Ghandi

  • Dawn says:

    Please set Sunder free!

  • Julie says:

    I hope all of the people doing this to an inoccent baby like this, live a happy life in hell. Let this angel go.

  • shannon says:

    This is torture this poor baby elephant has never had a chance th live a normal life. How would they likeif this happend to them ? An animal is just like a human being … So please help this elephant and set the baby free to run and life the happy normal life it should . PLEASE !!!

  • Julie says:

    This makes no sense. How come people still think they can treat animals like that? This is cruel and useless. Stop that!

  • Rosangela Peixoto says:

    Please, stop this torture, be a human being!

  • Tejas says:

    I read the article in the paper. It is truly evil of people of my religion treating animals in this way! pls stop this PETA!

  • Jasmine Chong says:

    So cruel!! Release Sunder !!

  • Elizabeth says:

    The poor elephant. Perhaps the keeper of the elephant would like to have that put around their ankle and have them walk for awhile with it on. Please stop this abuse. I must be living in a very sheltered world, because I can’t believe this is still going on.

  • Chants says:

    I am not sure what makes people abuse animals. If they don’t like animals, why have them? Are their lives that pathetic that they need to inflict pain and suffering on innocent animals. I hope what goes around comes around. Bless the animals.

  • alexandre malta says:

    please stop this violence.

  • Lisa says:

    Please stop all this cruelty, why is this still happening. I am glad there are people who will take action agents this especially during the Olympics. Thank you!

  • Lorraine Buchanan says:

    Please please please set Sunder the baby elephant free. Be ther better person and show some compassion for a porr helpless and defenceless animal. The whole world will thank you for it

  • Lorraine Buchanan says:

    Please please please set Sunder the baby elephant free. Be ther better person and show some compassion for a porr helpless and defenceless animal. The whole world will thank you for it

  • sandra fisher says:

    so sad, So cruel, so stop it NOW.

  • Lynn from South Africa says:

    Why is this baby elephant being abused in this way!? Why is it even there to begin with, in captivity away from it’s herd? The people of India are looked up to for they are considered spiritual, intuitive and thought to hold great regard for animals both in their culture of Buddhist and Hindu religions. Why do they have this baby tied up in this way, shackled and maimed?! Why are people just so inherently cruel… and this a temple of all places. I have lost heart and respect today! I quote Sheilag’s quote from yesterday: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. Please give this creature the opportunity to have a healthy, happy life…void of abuse…the world is watching!

  • Rae Broom says:

    Sick i will not go to india ever until they look after animals!

  • Sofi kent says:

    You know in your heart what’s right. And it’s for this baby elephant to live and get united with a pack while it can Be welcomed! Release!!!! This is no life for a Godly living creature that hasn’t done any harm-

  • Cecilia Pérez says:

    Firmo en contra de este caso tan horrible. Ojala protno este a salvo

  • Carol says:

    I have sent an email to the authorities. I HOPE they can do something about it. This is also about educating people that animals have no say when dominated by humans. I hope the poor little elephant will be released to a sanctuary for elephants soon!

  • Margaret Wilhelm says:

    A plea for those who cannot speak for themselves. Stop animal cruelty. Why do only celebrities get heard?

  • Kristina Enggaard says:

    Please set the baby elephant, Sunder, free. He´s an abused animal, and wee can not let this go on and on in our world. Please know, that the world is watching out for him ind their minds and hearts. It hurts os. Most respectfully, please use your authority to let ham free from suffering.

  • Kitt says:

    Email sent. I sincerely hope that, with enough messages and support for Sunder that this campaign will be a great success, and Sunder will be shown the care, compassion and respect that all animals need and deserve.

  • Maryne says:

    From France … help this baby !!!

  • ricky macadangdang says:

    pls release this elephant and take this elephant