Bon Voyage, Sunder!

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We are overjoyed to report that Sunder is FINALLY on his way to safety!

Sunder freedom copy

Thousands of concerned people have been following this young elephant’s story with bated breath. Sunder endured years of abuse at the Indian temple where he was kept prisoner, and the epic campaign to rescue him has spanned more than two years.

Now, thanks to the determined efforts of PETA India, supported by PETA UK and actions from compassionate supporters around the world, Sunder has at last left his captors behind and is on the truck that will take him to freedom!

Here’s how this epic story has unfolded over the past few months.

7 April: The Bombay High Court ruled in favour of PETA India and upheld the order to move Sunder to a sanctuary.

20 May: Shocking photos and video footage of injuries to Sunder’s leg were released following a veterinary inspection, showing how the elephant is still being mistreated by his captors and needs to be rescued from their clutches as a matter of urgency.

29 May: Sunder’s case was heard in the Supreme Court of India, which passed a judgment in favour of PETA India by ordering that Sunder should be released to an elephant-care centre in Bangalore by no later than 15 June.

4 June: Efforts began to move Sunder. His abusers tried to hinder the transfer, and a large crowd gathered, shouting and blowing whistles to frighten the elephant. The tyres of the truck brought to transport him were punctured with nails, and PETA India representatives were barred from the site.


5 June: Kindness prevails! A team of experts was able to place Sunder on a truck, and begin to drive him slowly and carefully to his new home in Bangalore. Even now, a motorcycle gang is following the truck, despite police protection.

Sunder truck 2

6 June: After a 24 hour journey, Sunder arrived at his new home – a 49.5-hectare forested elephant-care centre at Bannerghatta Biological Park. As you can see, he seems delighted with his new surroundings!

Sunder in new home

After he has adjusted to his new situation and his serious leg wounds, caused by long-term painfully tight chaining, have healed, he will be able to roam the grounds freely, bathe in ponds, play and socialise with the 13 other elephants in the park.

26 June: Sunder has started to settle into his new home, exploring and making friends with other elephants for the first time. The massive wound on his leg is starting to heal, and he’s showing other positive signs of recovery.

Thank you to everyone who helped bring about Sunder’s rescue. Watch this space for further updates on how he’s getting on.



  • Bart from AALST, belgium commented on June 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Hoorah hoorah, thanks to the Lord.
    Happy days for Sunder!

    • Faith commented on June 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Yes thank God for getting Sunder out of where he was, and on to the truck. I pray that he arrives quickly and safely to the Sanctuary. And that the motorcyle gang doesn’t harm Sunder in any way. I hope the police stay vigilant and in fact force these people on motorcycles to stay back or be arrested.

      Please continue to keep us inform of pictures and updates.

      God bless all those who are helping.

  • Linda Steers commented on June 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What is wrong with these people? What’s so important that they go to all this trouble to keep him? Why is it that if he matters so much that they treat him so badly? It’s like the old idea of a whipping boy, do they hurt him instead of who?

    I’m hoping that after all this negative publicity they will realise that it’s not worth the hassle but it worries me that they might just substitute another animal in his place.

    Perhaps they should substitute his ex-keeper…

    Having said that, I am so thrilled that he’s finally going to a good place where people will love and care for him and where there are other elephants to look after him, after all he’s only a young kid and he needs a family.

    Thank you to everybody who helped with his release.

    • wendy Wilkinson commented on June 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Exactly. What is wrong with these morons.

  • Judith Smith commented on June 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I am so happy Sunder is free i hope that he will now be cared for with the love
    And respect that he deserves.

  • Maureen Martin commented on June 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This is the most wonderful news. Have a great new life Sunder u deserve it xx

  • Beryl Jensen commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Hope he has a safe and happy life all these poor animals should be free to roam without poachers killing them.

  • Stephanie Lovett commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Such wonderful and hideous people live in this world. Well done to all moving him to safety and to the ones trying to sabotage it, seriously find something better to do than wrecking the work of good people. Sickens me to think anyone wouldn’t want this for Sunder.

  • Lesley cable commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Well done !!

  • Keren welch commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    If all they wanted was to abuse him why put up such a fight to let him go? The sheer cost of keeping him must have stretched their budgets. Most people in India are quite poor. I don’t get it.

  • Tatiana Chernenko commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Very happy for Sunder. Thank you PETA for your incredible, wonderful work to save animals.

  • Chris Forest -Potter commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Absolutely fabulous news. Like many others I sent emails to the authorities to try and help but the PETA are the true heroes. Well done everyone

  • Lesley commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Absolutely delirious with joy!!! Thank you thank you PETA

  • antona grady commented on June 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I just hope the horrible monster who abused this animal… Should never be allowed another animal ever again? and that he gets justice for what he has done!!!!!!!!!!

  • Veronica May commented on June 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I am really happy that Sunder is going to his new home which he so richly deserves. However i am very cross with the people who kept him captive and who treated him so cruelly.I am concerned that a gang on moter cycles are following the truck. What is wrong with these people. They should be repprimanded and the people who treated Sunder so baly should go to prison and be banned from keeping animals. God bless you Sunder, enjoy your life now Xxx

  • michelle beck commented on June 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Karma will catch up with Sunders abusers……they will get what they deserve.
    Thankyou PETA and everyone involved in Sunders rescue, you make the world a better place for all of us.

  • Serwet commented on June 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    This is wonderful news. It’s been a long time coming. He should never have had to endure so much pain & anguish. It’s absurd that people would try to prevent him from being rescued. We really do have some evil people in this world. We should be protecting all animals. But WELL DONE PETA for not giving up. There should be more of you :O) xx

  • Rijkealammertse commented on June 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Wonderful news! Love for Sunder!

  • cathryn brooks commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Well done PETA, just hope he makes it safely to his new home and the vile specimens harassing his journey are severely dealt with!

  • Carol Hunt commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    OMG, I’m just so thrilled to bits I’m crying, can’t believe those evil morons, I wish Sunder had trampled them and had the last laugh!! I’m so worried that they will get another baby to replace him, please keep a watch to make sure they don’t put another through this cruelty. I can only imagine Sunders bewilderment right now, poor baby, he must be feeling scared, not knowing what’s happening next, I hope you will post a video of him being released into his new home, so looking forward to all the updates. Thank you from my heart for rescuing him, he’s now going to have a peaceful life, how wonderful it’s going to be for him!

  • Emma Hartshorne commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing work PETA – brought a tear to my eye reading this – tears of happiness to know the good work you have done has made one little elephants life so much better. 🙂

  • June commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I hope he has a wonderful life now and I also hope that Karma takes its toll on those who treated him badly… And it will. I look forward to hearing updates on the progress of the lovely elephant and its a pity I won’t receive the updates as to what happens to those uneducated people who mistreated him..

  • Clare commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Will his abusers simply replace him with another animal to torture or has some prevention been put into place?

  • Clare commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Can his abusers just replace him and put another animal through this again?

  • Ber Kavanagh commented on June 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Tears of JOY – AT LAST !!! SUNDER IS FREE. Thank You Lord and thanks to all who fought for Sunder’s freedom… Bless you all always <3

  • Joy stevens commented on June 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So happy I can hardly see the page for tears. Thank you to all involved. I will look forward to seeing his progress and hope he has a long happy loved life in safety. He deserves it ❤️

  • ROSIE LINDA CUMBERS commented on June 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This news has made my day, I signed the petition and sent e mails and hoped that SUNDER would be released. PETA are amazing for all their hard work and dedication to give animalsthe freedom they deserve. Enjoy your new life SUNDER with no more suffering from cruel humans, fantastic news!!!

  • Veronica Coughlan commented on June 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderful that he is at last to be cared properly & hope its too late for his health & intellect.Is it possible Sunder understands he is with good people now or could the trip be another terrifying ordeal?The people moving him are very brave & I hope they keep safe.

  • Marie Harper commented on June 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Well done PETA , what would these poor animals do without you a massive

  • Becky Ewers commented on June 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I’m so so happy for sunder being free, poor baby has suffered so so much! Thank you to Peta and everyone who has supported freeing sunder. Let this poor baby have love, care and freedom from them evil humans!!!!

  • Maria commented on June 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I am so happy that Sunder is finally being taken away from that terrible environment! Please keep us updated as to how Sunder is adapting and doing in his new home

  • Patricia commented on June 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Gracias Peta!!!!

  • linda bromley commented on June 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    im so pleased, these people are not right, they must be brain dead, why doesnt one of them take sunders place if they need to torment something !!!

  • lesley whitehouse commented on June 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Thank goodness he is free, these people who had him were very cruel to him.

  • Angela Tighe commented on June 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Thank goodness Sunder is now safe. This is fantastic news although I cannot understand the mentality of the people trying to stop the rescue. Well done PETA.

  • barbara giffin commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    So well done all concerned, especially PETA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Red Chardonnay commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    #LongAwaitedVictory. #WellDonePeta. #SunderEnjoyYourFreedom

  • Carmen commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for all your efforts! You are true heroes!!! I wish Sunder a happy life!

  • Francine van den Berg commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    So happy he is finally on his way to a better life. Poor thing does not know where he is going and what is going to happen, probably expects ‘different day, same shit’. I am very glad PETA exists, and for their efforts, along with all the wonderful people who kept signing the petitions to release him. There are so many good people in the world. And there are so many bastards out there.
    Sunder is only one of the many elephants who experience torture on a daily basis. It is absolutely sickening that the elephants are being exploited for money and the tourism industry, especially now that they are critically endangered. What is most difficult however, is try to turn a certain mindset around. The people who visit circuses and elephant shows lack empathy. They will not sacrifice a perfect picture opportunity, and a nice day out with the kids for an elephant’s wellbeing. It is the same story with the people who abused Sunder. The simply cannot see , or do not care, what they are doing wrong. This is the true struggle we are up against….Please take a moment to sign the petition I set up for the abused elephants in Nong Nooch garden, Thailand. And share….thank you xxx Francine

  • poppy commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Please keep us updated…this is such long awaited good news.

  • Peter commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Prachtig zo moest het altijd gaan ook voor de rest van de dieren die slaaf zijn van de ( Mens) !!!!!!

  • nelam commented on June 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Fantastic news, thanks to all involved in making this happen x

  • Mary Grand commented on June 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    So pleased to hear the good news on Sunder’s freedom.
    May he have a much better life, and love the freedom of open spaces in which to roam around in with no fear of getting beaten or any thing else

  • Denise Martin commented on June 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Sunder, you are finally on your way. Thank you Peta India, Peta Worldwide, WRRC Bangalore, The Supreme Court of India and all my social media friends around the World who worked non stop to make this day a reality. You are the BEST! I can hardly believe it – WE DID IT!!! Safe travels dear Sunder!

    Los Angeles, California USA

  • Ann Howard commented on June 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Extremely happy for Sunder. Please let him have a happy and safe life. He deserves love and respect. Thank you PETA for this and all the work you do for unfortunate and innocent animals.

  • Val McClean commented on June 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Some of these countries really disgust me, they are obviously cruel, uncaring, ignorant & many other disgusting things! When oh when will they stop being so evil & realise that ALL animals deserve a happy healthy life & have feelings like we do? These people are so vile & ignorant & deserve the same treatment as they give to our beautiful animals. Shame on them!

  • Helena commented on June 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    A tear to my eye for all the other animals in horrific situations education is everything xxx

  • Chantal Walters commented on June 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I am so very very happy for Sunder, and thankful for your perserverance and all the support and hard work from everyone who has worked tirelessly to save him.

    I hope that his new home really is a kind place and that Sunder gets a taste of love for the first time in his life. He has many years to live and I hope that this earlier part of his life becomes a foggy memory.

    Please do keep us updated with news and perhaps a video of Sunder’s arrival in his new home. I hope he arrives with no mishaps on the way. His stress is understandable given that he has never known an act of kindness.

    One last request: that PETA continue to monitor Sunder’s wellbeing in his new home. I understand that it is a zoo? Would you please clarify?

    Thank you very much indeed!

    Warm regards,


  • wendy Wilkinson commented on June 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I hope they jail ALL those at the temple who were silent and his abusers for life. The problem now could be Sunder will see humans as all the same. Elephants really don’t forget.

  • catherine osborne commented on June 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    So very happy, never thought I’d see the day. A massive Thank you to all involved…

  • Donna Thomas commented on June 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Why are these morons still trying to frighten and harm Sunder? What the hell is the matter with them? I so hope this beautiful elephant gets peace and has a wonderful safe life. Thank you to everyone who saved him from the evil creatures that harmed him xx

  • Brenda Cooper commented on June 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you PETE for all the good work you have done to get SUNDER FREE it has bean a long two years fight to get Sunder out and would like to thank all the people that sent emails to the authorities . Now sunder can be looked after and have the rest of his life in piece .

  • Shona commented on June 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Fabulous news. Well done to everyone who made the effort to save this animal from continual torture. I just hope hes not replaced with a new baby elephant. They should be banned from ever taking another animal anywhere near them.

  • Ann commented on June 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Please make sure Sunder has really made it to his destination and has not been hijacked to some other persons house to be beaten and abused. Please make sure that you post the moment he is actually set free. With the abuse this elephant has endured it certainly deserves to be taken care of and watched by people that really care. PETA this is your responsibility now. Please make sure that Sunder is safe and secure in a place that he belongs, without chains, ropes, beatings.

    God speed!

    • Jeaneen commented on June 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I agree Anne, I believe PETA always does the best for animals and will ,also for Sunder. Sunder deserves to live a life of peace and happiness, this gentle giant has suffered far too much already. I hope in other Temples in India such cruelty does not occur to any animal. Ghandi said ” a nations progress can be told by its treatment of animals.” Ghandi would be pretty sad to see what Sunder went through.

  • Zinnia Manchanda commented on June 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Great news.. But knowing India and crowd protests, it worries me whether he is going to make it to the sanctuary or not. Let’s celebrate once he is there, cos the idiotic crowd might just be successful in sabotage and hurting the elephant.

  • di cooper commented on June 6, 2014 at 4:30 am

    thank god finally he is on his way to a peaceful and loving home, hopefully! A job well done by PETA both here in India and the UK and all his supporters, worldwide….but what now? will his perpetrators now get another elephant? and what about all the other elephants in all the other temples etc……who are mistreated, and for tourist rides?
    why are we such a cruel race? unbelievable…..
    please keep us posted, i hope he arrives safely in Bangalore, with no more incidents…..

  • Sasha Musgrave Travers commented on June 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

    all animals should live in freedom not captivity.

  • Jacob Davey-Lambert commented on June 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Such great news! Congratulations to everyone who helped move this lovely animal to safety. Knowing India this will happen again, but I’m sure PETA India will keep fighting for animals.

  • Debbie Richardson commented on June 6, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I hope his abusers dont travel to where he is and harm him he deserves freedom from pain chain and abuse…

  • Susan Gibbins commented on June 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Well done PETA !!!!! Please send us photos , it’s nice to see Sunder lying down , my only worry is the temple get another elephant and do the same again !! It’s hard to believe humans inflict such pain on wonderful animals , I’m so happy for Sunder !!! Great job !! Keep up the good work , from a very happy PETA supporter , be happy Sunder you deserve it !!!

  • Brenda Robinson commented on June 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Wonderful to see Sunder lying on the ground without chains and trees around him. This is more like it for an elephant.

  • Faith commented on June 7, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Well it’s not the best but it’s better than what he had. All along we were told he was going to WRRC Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. But someone he ended up in a zoo where people pay to see them. They are chained up from dawn to dusk as per you tube videos the Mahouts there also hit the Elephants I saw one in a video doing just that while at the watering hole. It would not be up to our standards thats for sure. But at least India is trying to give them a better place. Better than a shack . Im just saddened to know he will still be on show for people and chained up and told where and what to do.

  • Pranab kumar Das commented on June 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Great Job !! We are always with you.

  • Marie Batchelor commented on June 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’m so pleased hes made it. Such a harrowing life for such a young animal . freedom for all his kind.

  • beverley warren commented on June 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    im so so happy cant stop crying, thanks to everyone who worked so hard for this day to happen. wonderfulxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • janneth florez rios commented on June 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    no mas abuso a ningun animal sin tiente y doliente sobre la faz de la tirra

  • Jo Statham commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Well done PETA: once again you have come to the rescue of a poor abused creature with no voice of their own. However, I agree with Zinnia M’s comment about crowd protests in India (and anyone who has spent time in India knows that getting from A to B often presents its own difficulties anyway). Let’s keep everything crossed for Sunder’s safe arrival at the sanctuary. May he have a long and happy life and an easy death (my wish for all living creatures!), and with that wish goes my pledge to keep supporting PETA’s wonderful work.

  • Elaine Grant commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Thank goodness this elephant has been rescued couldn’t stop thinking about him and the awful abuse he has been through, as others have commented, I hope he is not replaced by another elephant. Please PETA keep doing your good work.

  • Marian commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

    It was lovely news it get up and read something lovely
    Keep the good work up PETA

  • Maureen Smith commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Well done to all concerned in Sundar’s road to freedom! I’m so happy for him. I wish people could be educated to care for all animals that we share this planet with. Keep up your good work! Let us know how Sunder gets on in his new life.

  • Rebecca commented on June 9, 2014 at 10:09 am

    This has made me smile with tears of joy – who can ever imagine the overwhelming euphoria this beautiful animal is experiencing in his new environment and having experienced compassion and kindness for the first time from humans. This update is food for the soul indeed!
    I also agree with another comment – I fear that another baby animal will be torn from the wild to satisfy the greed of these evil people – please lets keep a close eye on them.

  • Asha Osman commented on June 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thank god, PETA, and all involved in sunders release. Shame on India for letting it go on this long!!!

  • Linda Price commented on June 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Well done. God bless you and your work that sadly, will always be needed. I sometimes feel ashamed to be human. Thankfully, your compassionate work represents humanity as well!

  • Siobhan buckley commented on June 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Tears of happiness are pouring down my face as I watch sunder relaxing in the sun this gives me hope. Thank you so much to the people who saved sunder from a horrible life. We must join voices now and free all animals from this living hell.

  • Linda Price commented on June 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Well done! God bless you and your work that sadly, will always be needed.
    I sometimes feel ashamed to be human. Thankfully, your compassion represents humanity as well.

  • Jan commented on June 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

    The best news I have had all week! Well done PETA. May Sunder live the rest of his life in safety from his abusers. And, may his abusers NOT live a safe and happy life.

    • Jan commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      I did not wish Sunter’s abusers harm but may they never feel secure enough to take another elephant and may their consciences give them some trouble.

    • Doro commented on June 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Jan…I quiet agree !!!

  • Jane Hunt commented on June 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Wonderful news I have shared on my blog 🙂

  • David Wilton commented on June 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

    What a great relief for Sunda, I really don’t know how people can treat animals the way they do, I am a Christian myself and I do prey for the safety of the animals, and I would urge people to do the same as well as donations. It is unbelievable how people have no hearts for animals.

  • Louise Grierson commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    this is just so heartening, saved from further abuse. There is some humanity out there after all. PETA keep up the good work and hopefully this is just one of many more waiting to be rescued from abuse at the hands of humans – it is quite sickening to know what some people are capable of !!

  • christielee commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I signed the potition to free sunder i wish him well in his new home and hope he lives a happy life and care he needs and othere animals to i think people that hurt animals should get the same treatment done to them that the animals and sunder had done to them i am happy that people from around the world helped to free sunder and other animals i am proud to be one of those people

  • Janet Turner commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Heartwarming news … May he live out the rest of his life loved cared for and FREE …. A big thankyou to All who made this happen … Gratitude love and light ..:)

  • SAND MIDDLETON commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Thank God. Tears of joy here. Thank you for what you did for Sunder. Please see that these people never get another beautiful elephant to torture. Happy Life Sunder !!!!

  • Robin commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    This is such a great victory for this wonderful animal. I just wish all roadside shows and circus attractions could be shut down worldwide!! Animals are gifts from God not freakshow attractions.

  • Michele Soden commented on June 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    It is unimaginable that this poor elephant was kept prisoner in a temple. A temple is a place of worship and the cruelty done in the name of god. Thank goodness there are enough people to care about the situation and have set her free. So many thanks.

  • llyn humes commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I am over the moon that Sunder is at last released from his prison and all the torture he has endured. No animal should suffer at the hands of humans and we must keep fighting to make sure that no other elephant is taken to replace him. I thought that temples were places of safety and peace not hell on earth.

  • Tamra commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I am absolutle thrilled to hear this! I have been following poor Sunder for a long time and I literally cried over this story.

    Thank-you to everyone who never gave up and continued to fight for Sunder!

    I look forward to hearing more of Sunders stories and seeing how happy he is!

  • maria commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    My congratulations to everyone that helped this poor creature, Sunder, I’m so happy for you. Forgive us for ignorance is an awful thing. Wishing you the BEST.
    Enjoy your freedom and the kindness of all that care for you.

  • Jim Corriere commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Wonderful news and thank you for your dedication.

  • Ed Wintraecken commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    What kind of people are these that keep an elephant and abuse it? For what reason? Who are they?

  • robertine flink commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I hope the Indian government is willing enough to control some people that are bent on capturing and mißtreating elefants (and also other animals) to. What did these people win by mißtreating the elefant. What was the purpose of treating this animal so badly. I cannot see any good reason for mißtreating any animal anywhere. In this case it shows only the lack of compassion for the elefant by these heartless human beings that to my mind should be put in chains for a while to find out how it feels to be chained up. Hopefully these people will have then a change in their thinking. But at least they should have to pay for the veterinarians help to the animal.
    I have read all the comments peöple have written in this case.
    Hopefully the elefant has made it to sanctuary troublefree.

    Robertine Flink, Cologne Germany.

  • Lesley Robinson commented on June 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Please tell us as soon as Sunder is released into the sanctuary. I did not like the look of those thick, ignorant, brutal yobs on a motor cycle following the lorry. Please keep Sunder and yourselves SAFE. The world is such an awful place.

  • karen page commented on June 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hi I have read this morning that Sunder has not been moved to a sanctuary but to a zoo and he is still being tied up and abused. Can you confirm that this isn’t the truth please as I feel very concerned that we are not being told the complete truth here. I really hope that Sunder is in a sanctuary and this information is correct. PLEASE CONFIRM THAT SUNDER IS SAFE AND BEING TREATED WITH CARE AND RESPECT. Thank you.

    • Anne commented on June 9, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Karen,

      Sunder arrived at the sanctuary on Friday. Here’s the latest update from PETA India (including photos of him in his new home)

      • Tina Plumb commented on August 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

        HI PETA, I’ve seen a video of Sunder at the sanctuary with all the other elephants and they all have chains on their legs? Why? Not what you expect from a sanctuary?

      • Ruby commented on August 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

        We’re not sure which video you’re referring to. When Sunder first arrived at the sanctuary, he was lightly restrained so that he could be monitored and receive veterinary care that he needed, so this may be what you’ve seen.

      • Tina Plumb commented on August 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm

        If you watch the attached you tube video you can see a video where all the elephants have chains around one foot

      • Ruby commented on August 18, 2016 at 11:26 am

        Hi Tina,
        This page might be able to help answer your questions:
        Thank you!

  • Fran Guille-Wadey commented on June 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’m filling with tears. So so happy for Sunder, no one can hurt him again. Thankyou to PETA and all involved for helping him. I hope justice can be brought to those who abused him. Be happy Sunder.Xxxxxcc

  • Barbara commented on June 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    So happy to hear the news about Sunder, one more elephant free of harm…keep up the great work…

  • Dina Roberts commented on June 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Absolutely wonderful – well done to all who took Sunder to safety long may he live

  • Jose commented on June 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Congratulations for your job, and thank you for let us know this wonderful result

  • Susan Palmer commented on June 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you PETA! Such wonderful news to know that at last Sunder will now. experience the love and care he so desperately needs.
    Congratulations and love to all the dedicated people who made this difficult and dangerous task possible.
    As I read the latest update,my eyes are filled with tears of happiness and my heart

  • colleen commented on June 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    How do you stop theses aHoles from getting another elephant and doing the same thing again.. They should be punished

  • Muriel Servaege commented on June 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Bonne chance, Sunder. We are happy for you.

  • Marie-Thérèse commented on June 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Bravo, bravo, je suis très heureuse du dénouement. Continuez votre beau combat
    pour le respect et le sauvetage de ces pauvres animaux.

  • BARBARA CHAPMAN commented on June 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Wonderful, so happy for him bless him, hope he has a lovely life now. xx

  • Jilly Waumsley commented on June 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    How fantastic that he is now free. Surely the people who kept him imprisoned knew that they were being cruel, specially when you see the wounds on his legs. Unbelievable that they tried to stop him from being freed and taken to safety and very well done to the brave people who managed to transport him out of danger. Now I know that we can make a difference – even if it’s only after such an epic struggle where it’d be so easy to give up.

  • Sarina commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I am ecstatic to learn that Sunder is finally on her way to a life she has waited for for far to long. WELL DONE PETA and all those that fought so hard to get her to her new home.

    • Sarina commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Sorry mean he

  • Sarina commented on June 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Sorry mean him not her

  • Gillian Cockwill commented on June 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Glad there has been a happy ending to this Saga.

  • Manel commented on June 10, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I am so shocked to hear that some of those local people were not happy to send this innocent Elephant away from his Abusers?? What is wrong with some of these Indians? Where are their compassion and kindness towards this poor animal who have undergone unimaginable sufferings through his Unkind, uncivilized owners and the mahouts?
    This Majestic Elephant did not deserve to be treated that way so ruthlessly & viciously. He was brutally, insanely tortured and made to suffer endlessly. Infact the people who made this Sunder suffer should be brought to justice. Indian Government should bring the Animal cruelty felony and punish the people who torture and abuse vulnerable creatures.

  • Liz commented on June 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    What fabulous news only just picked up my email. Well done PETA for never giving up on this wonderful animal please keep us all informed on his progress would love to see his leg finally healed. He must be feeling such sweet relief no more pain. God bless him and all who were involved in his rescue. Liz xxx

  • LINDA BADHAM commented on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm


    • Genevieve commented on June 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

      I agree!! I don’t understand that so called religious people would want to hurt this wonderful creature. Thank God for the brave people of PETA and their helpers. I wish I was brave enough to be there with them and help. Wha amazing people – and much needed in this world.

  • linda bromley commented on June 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    this is a great story, well done to you all !!

  • Jose Peres Mir commented on June 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

    WELL DONE PETA and all those that fought so hard to get her a safe home.

  • tracey clark commented on June 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Fantastic news I have tears of happiness For Sunder knowing he is now free and can live the rest of he’s life with out being hurt by those evil people who kept him captive for so long . Well done PETA and everyone who helped to free Sunder. 🙂 x

  • Mrs Marriott commented on June 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    So happy Sunder has been released your determination and compassion won in the end. I admire you PETA all your work and time to stop cruelty to all animals.
    God bless you
    Kind regards

  • Maria Cicca commented on June 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I am so chuffed I asked Archangel Ariel to help free him as well. It’s brilliant news. WELL DONE PETA, I am proud to be a supporter x x x

  • Kim Looi commented on June 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Sunder, you have given your supporters a big smile upon your freedom. Enjoy life to a ripe old age.

  • zara commented on June 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much for all your hard work to rescue this beautiful animal, I can barely hold back the tears looking at him all safe and sound. Amazing x

  • carole standen commented on June 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Thrilled to bits thank you all so much for your hard work. I am delighted to be a supporter of you all

  • Pauline commented on June 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    You are all amazing people at PETA. Thank god for peple like you who not only care but act to save animals like Sunder. Bless you all for your compassion and yoyr tenacity.
    My heart is filled with joy knowing that you have saved another elephant.

  • Liz Bona commented on June 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Well done PETA! Thank you so much for helping Sunder.

  • Heather Lucas commented on June 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Absolutely delighted that Sunder has finally been released from the clutches of his scum captors- thank God for PETA.

  • stacey commented on June 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    wonderful wonderful!!! lets hope one day there will be the same victory for the abused dogs, cats and many more animals, in chinas fur farms. we musnt forget!

  • Peter Tucker commented on June 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Well done PETA. The history of this poor elephant is gut churning and I’m afraid that the beast in me would like to get my hands on some of the perpetrators of his abuse. But what a wonderful end to the story – PETA you did a magnificent job, sticking with this difficult case and getting justice for Sunder in the end.

  • imogene martyn commented on June 29, 2014 at 12:44 am


  • Liisa, Bromley commented on July 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Well done to all Sunders supporters especially the amazing people at Peta. He is where he belongs and may he stay that way. Such a heartwarming film, lovely to see him so happy. I hope the Indian government will catch the cruel perpetrators. In the meantime I will look forward to following his progress. ☺

  • Rose commented on July 26, 2014 at 5:14 am


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