Court Rules That Sunder WILL Be Free!

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We have some excellent news today that is bound to bring a smile to the face of anyone who has heard the story of Sunder, a young Indian elephant who has spent the last six years chained up in a temple, miserable and alone, and endured beatings and abuse.

Sunder-Chains-300x225.png Today, in a landmark judgment, the Honourable Bombay High Court ruled in favour of PETA India by upholding the implementation of the Joint Secretary (Forests), Government of Maharashtra’s order of August 2012 to release Sunder to a sanctuary. This is the result we’ve all been hoping for, and it’s a major victory in the 21-month-long campaigns by PETA and our international affiliates to free Sunder – supported by Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, many well-known Bollywood stars and more than 17,000 PETA UK supporters who wrote to Indian officials calling for Sunder’s release.

Sunder’s shocking beatings have been caught on videotape, and veterinarians and elephant experts who examined him found him scarred, wounded and chained so tightly that he couldn’t lie down. The Jyotiba temple came into possession of Sunder in 2007, but after constant chaining and beatings came to light, Maharashtra Minister of Forests Dr Patangrao Kadam and the Project Elephant division of the Ministry of Environment and Forests issued orders for Sunder’s release to a sanctuary on 21 August 2012 and 9 November 2012, respectively. However, those orders were never carried out, and Sunder was then whisked away at the behest of the Member of Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore and hidden in an old poultry shed, where he remained chained. In December 2013, PETA India obtained new video footage showing that his mahout was violently beating him.

Now, at long last, it looks like Sunder’s suffering could be over. The next step will be to transfer Sunder to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Bangalore. PETA India is calling on officials to implement the court’s order quickly, before he can be harmed again.

Thank you to everyone who spoke out for Sunder. Now, all compassionate people can look forward to seeing him finally receive the care and respect that he deserves.

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  • Aaron commented on April 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This is not right. You don’t treat any living creature like this

  • tina robinson commented on April 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    im hoping to see this release very soon, don’t let them drag it out any more !!!

    • P Eden commented on April 9, 2014 at 6:05 am

      I am so glad with this wonderful news to free this baby elephant it has made my day better Thankyou everybody.

  • Jean Biggs commented on April 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I don’t understand how people can be so cruel to an animals who cant protect themselves

    God help them and somebody show them what it feels like as they obviously have no idea

    Thank you for all the work you do for these unfortunate animals

  • Wowzers commented on April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Just so long as this isn’t a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire!

  • Eileen Weintraub commented on April 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you PETA and to all who have helped free Sunder. Please learn more about e Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Bangalore here: http://www.wrrcbangalore.org/index.php/projects-2/projects/ We are a USA based charity that endeavors to support Elephant projects through the centre in India. Learn more about our project for India’s elephants here:
    http://www.helpanimalsindia.org/cupa.html There are many more “Sunders” awaiting help in India.

  • Cheryl commented on April 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    thank you all for your hard work and persistence. you are hero’s in my eyes.

  • jacqueline dorman commented on April 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    How can people do such a thing to a poor innocent (especially when they are meant to be holy & religious people. To chain him up and then beat him is horrendous. These people should receive the same treatment themselves and see how it hurts! Even looking at the picture of him is disturbing and you can clearly see the terrible marks on his body. Please rescue this poor elephant before any more harm is done on him and give him back the life he surely deserves and not to have to live in fear of his life.

  • Liz commented on April 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Please give all updates on the life of Sunder please please please . I am so happy for this poor animal. Thankyou

  • Amanda commented on April 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    What sort of person is the mahout, capable of violently beating this poor innocent elephant, leaving him with scars, wounds and evidence of the nightmare he has endured written all over his face and in his body language? It is absolutely appalling and so terribly sad.

  • Carol Hulbert commented on April 8, 2014 at 12:14 am

    happy happy joy joy!!!!!! FINALLY dear Sunder is FREE. I don’t know what could make any human think they have a right to beat a defenseless animal, why would you even want to?? It’s wonderful that Sunder is free but a damn shame that it took so long to happen. People kept him only to beat him? I have to believe in karma or I’d go nuts. Run FREE now dear Sunder, you’re loved dearly and we had to fight for you for too long, a very sad thing for you and it says something also very sad about the world we live in. I hope you find a family and live a LONG and HAPPY life!! Love you Sunder!!

  • ISABEL commented on April 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations!!!!

  • Louise Grierson commented on April 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    well done that’s a relief ! now the poor elephant won’t have to endure that hellish treatment !! his “keepers” should be beaten !!

  • Michelle Daniels commented on April 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Well done PETA! Another fantastic result. X

  • Jane Hunt commented on April 8, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Great news let’s hope its soon.

  • Jane Hunt commented on April 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I have shared the news widely on social media and my blog. :-)

  • Bahar commented on April 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I love her so much I am so happy I can cry now I am so happy my sunder you suffered so much how can you look at humans in eye agin but you are in good hands and I hope they will get you out as soon as before you get hurt agin … Pls get her out as soon as thank you for your hard works

  • betty commented on April 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    wonderfull news cant come quick enough get him out of there now

  • Patrice commented on April 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Where has Paul McCartney been since 2012? Why wasn’t he following the release? He was just looking for some good publicity so he didn’t bother on any follow-up.

  • Claudia Lima commented on April 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I have been fighting for that along with others. I am very happy to know he will be freed, but I just will believe when I see the pictures and, hopefully, images of that REALLY going on. He, like all other animals in this world, just deserves the very best.
    I hope, you guys, from India PETA make sure that really happens, please. We are standing by waiting.

    Thank you for everything. We love you Sunder!

  • JA Malone commented on April 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    We read that the elephant will be transferred ‘before the onset of monsoons’, rather vague and unconvincing. Most importantly, who is caring for this elephant today and in tne days before the relocation? What protection is there from the people who very clearly do not want this move to happen. This is missing from all of the reports on the ruling, and is of real concern. A response from PETA would be appreciated.

    • Deborah Mardesich commented on April 9, 2014 at 5:10 am

      I share your concerns completely! I would like follow up on this issue as well. PETA ? Please inform us. I also believe Sunder still lives under a very real threat as long as he is with his present handler(s) unless you know something we do not ? Thank you for sharing JA.

  • Jackie Genova commented on April 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Well done PETA….I am going to increase my contributions for all the good work you do. I hope this poor young elephant can be released soon or has been taken away from his tormentor and live a free and happy life.

  • aparna roy commented on April 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    my god!!!!! this is grace….. heartiest congratulations to our rescue soldiers

  • miriam todaro commented on April 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Lasciamoli in pace

  • Fiona Poole commented on April 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Someone should stay with her now to make shure she is not beating any more or moved agen that poor elephant years off abuse .

    • Deborah Mardesich commented on April 9, 2014 at 5:13 am

      Good suggestion. Is this possible?

  • poppy commented on April 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Such very good news, long awaited. Love and thanks to all who worked for this.

  • Theresa commented on April 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    This is wonderful news!!! However, I am betting she has not been moved as of yet, which means she is still enduring abuse and neglect, or has PETA put in place her protection until she is moved??? Moving her will not come soon enough! Get her out of harms way immediately – meaning TODAY!

  • Deborah Mardesich commented on April 9, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Thank you PETA!! You are amazing! I had no idea what PETA was capable of accomplishing until I read the Yahoo! News article in late March 2014 regarding poor Sunder’s miserable living conditions. I suspect PETA had a great deal to do with getting the article published in the first place. Being an animal lover of course I openned the link even though I knew it would be brutal. I have not regretted this decision for one moment and am so grateful that your group has created a venue for the average person to get involved in assisting these poor creatures – in this case Sunder. Well, taking your lead I also helped Sunder’s cause by doing as much advocacy as possible. I am a novice but feel I can truthfully say, “We did it!” Now that I know it is possible to “move mountains” I want to continue this work. Please continue to let us know what we the public can do to offer further assistance regarding Sunder. I know he is not quite out of the woods yet and will not be until he is relocated to the sanctuary. If we have to go into Phase II I am willing and able….. I have to add that the internet news articles helped tremendously. This story just went viral. Thank you again and keep up the good work!

  • mo commented on April 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    excellent news , may she rest and relax in her new life <3

  • Willie Campbell commented on April 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Great news for Sunder and her many supporters, and well done Peta
    I truly hope Sunder has long, peaceful, happy life once she recovers from her injuries.

  • Manel Dias commented on April 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    OMG I waited for so long to see this poor Elephant has being given a new life & freedom he so desperately needed. THANK YOU EVERY ONE in the High Courts of India, that who ever you are, YOU all have given the orders to send this INNOCENT, VOICELESS MAJESTIC ELEPHANT …to receive the final freedom to be AWAY FROM THE MISERABLE BEATINGS, TORTURE & ABUSE, IN PHYSICALLY & MENTALLY. May God Bless ALL who help save this helpless, defenceless SUNDER. Where ever you go SUNDER YOU SHOULD BE WELL & HAPPY. MAY YOU LIVE LONG WITHOUT ANY MORE PAINS & SUFFERINGS from the cruelty and abuse. Being born to this world as a Majestic Elephant, yet it was so unfortunate that you had to suffer the ultimate pains & sufferings from the hands of evil humans. MAY GOD BLESS YOU SUNDER. I LOVE YOU & WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

  • Ella St. Peter commented on April 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Thank You Peta !!!!! For saving Sunder and getting him free!!!!! What this little guy had to suffer the last 7 years is just heartbreaking !!!! Please Please Please let us all know when he is moved and at his new home where he will be loved and safe and never again for the rest of his life know that kind of pain !!! And those people that hurt him like this, I hope they will suffer for ever for what they did to him. I check everyday for news on Sunder and hope I read about his moved very soon.

  • beth palmer commented on April 13, 2014 at 2:19 am

    PETA: I am so grateful for you. I will be donating monthly for these horribly abused animals. I could not sleep at night thinking of poor, dear Sunder. That dear elephant that has been so horribly, horribly abused. Please keep us advised as to as soon as this dear traumatized animal is moved. It needs to be quickly so that there is no more pain for this elephant. I wish there was a law to give the same treatment to those that inflict it on a helpless animal. This mahout will have to face what he has done at some point in this life or the after. I could not ever imagine visiting a place like this and to witness such cruelty.

  • Liisa Markkanen commented on April 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I have only just heard of this case. Well done Peta and all the supporters.
    But please make sure Sunder is looked after until he is transferred to the sanctuary.
    I cannot wait to hear more good news. God bless him and may he gradually recover from his scarred life and live in peace.

  • sabita patwardhan commented on April 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Great. But the bastards have already gotten away with years of abusing Sunder the elephant. Hope fervently that they get the worst punishment of all even if not in this life.

  • Free Sunder commented on April 17, 2014 at 2:15 am

    When will Sunder actually be released to a sanctuary? That’s what I want to know. I’ve not heard a word about this yet. This isn’t over ’til it’s over, and it’ll be over when Sunder is in the sanctuary. Please set him free NOW. What are you waiting for???

    • Anne commented on April 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Hello,

      Thanks for your concern about Sunder. Here’s the latest update from PETA India:

      “Because in India elephants are considered government ‘property’, the order of the court to move Sunder is to the Maharashtra state forest department.

      PETA India is working behind the scenes to push the state authorities involved to implement the order quickly. They have also been talking to the sanctuary where he is to go, and they are making arrangements for his care and looking forward to welcoming him. ”

      We’ll be sharing any new updates that we receive, so stay tuned!

  • Heather commented on April 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I see that Sunder has still not been moved. This news came on the 7th, now it’s the 16th. Every day he spends in captivity, he still has misery and beatings. What in hell is taking you people so long to get him out of there???!

    • Anne commented on April 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks for your concern about Sunder. Here’s the latest update from PETA India:

      “Because in India elephants are considered government ‘property’, the order of the court to move Sunder is to the Maharashtra state forest department.

      PETA India is working behind the scenes to push the state authorities involved to implement the order quickly. They have also been talking to the sanctuary where he is to go, and they are making arrangements for his care and looking forward to welcoming him. ”

      We’ll be sharing any new updates that we receive, so stay tuned!

  • Willie Campbell commented on April 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Is Sunder at the Sanctuary yet? Any updates would be appreciated.

  • Susi Price commented on April 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Please keep up the good work and check that Sunder is not going to be replaced by another poor creature. These people need locking up and as this is unlikely to happen, it has to be up to Peta to ensure that no other elephant will end up in this vile place.

  • Jennifer Rahme commented on April 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    To whom it may concern,

    I am asking you from the bottom of my heart to please free Sunder.

  • Jade Smith commented on April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Get that poor beast out of there!

  • Rebecca Hayes commented on April 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Please release sunder.

  • Helle Johansen commented on April 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Let’s all join forces to help all suffering animals to a better life. This may be only one life saved, but we have to just forge on helping them one by one. Thank you PETA and everyone who cares!

  • Leonora Matthews commented on April 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Please please free Sunder and give her the life her and all animals deserve.We are not their keepers they are our friends and should be treated as such.
    Leonora Matthews and family

  • Sarah Barton commented on April 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Please don’t hurt this beautiful elephant!

  • Sandra e hay ton commented on April 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Why harm any animal ,why chain any animal ,why torture any animal .would they do the same to us ? Never .just do not understand the human race ,especially religious people who should surely set a better example of kindness

  • Rachel Williams commented on April 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Please see that this is not right, sunder has needs. please release to a suitable habitat. So sad.

  • Willie Campbell commented on April 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Like many others that have signed the petition and donated to help Sunders release I personally feel it’s very important that we all get an update on this issue real soon, time is going past and we’ve heard nothing
    I do appreciate you’re a busy organisation and do fantastic work but we need updated, concerned people are getting frustrated now about the unknown and of the safety surrounding Sunder.

    • Anne commented on April 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Hi Willie,

      Thanks for your concern about Sunder. Here’s the latest update from PETA India:

      “Because in India elephants are considered government ‘property’, the order of the court to move Sunder is to the Maharashtra state forest department.

      PETA India is working behind the scenes to push the state authorities involved to implement the order quickly. They have also been talking to the sanctuary where he is to go, and they are making arrangements for his care and looking forward to welcoming him. ”

      We’ll be sharing any new updates that we receive, so stay tuned!

  • Dawn Smith commented on April 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Please help Sunder to go to a safe Sanctuary where he can live the rest of his life with other elephants xxc

  • Julia commented on April 23, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Por favor libertad para éstos elefantes!!!

  • Melissa Warlow commented on April 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Please release sunder and let him be an elephant, not a prisoner

  • Willie Campbell commented on April 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for your update.
    Can we assume that Sunder’s safe and being looked after meantime, getting well fed and getting some treatment for his injuries

  • Vicki Dunch commented on April 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I have been in turmoil over this story. I don’t understand how the law works over there but I can’t believe this has been able to go on for so long. Why this elephant? Why was he singled out and mistreated in this way for so long? I don’t understand this at all and I think that all parties involved with this abuse should be imprisoned and treated the same way he has been treated. I’ve never been so upset over the treatment of an animal like when I read this story. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who helped this poor animal and I sincerely hope he will be permanently freed and will get well.

    • suzanne commented on May 9, 2014 at 12:28 am

      I totally agree with you. Seeing Sunder being beaten touched me to the core. These are such AMAZING animals. My heart wept for him. I hope the mahout recieves some form of punishment. Certainly, at the very least, NEVER be allowed around elephants again. My dream is that Sunder will be shown in a video reuniting with friends and family at the sanctuary.

    • Julie T commented on May 9, 2014 at 2:40 am

      I feel the same way. I want justice not just the poor elephant’s freedom. If those responsible get away with it, they will merely find another animal to torment.

  • Kim Hughes commented on April 26, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Come on peta lets see some photos of sunder enjoying his freedom we all waited so long for this

  • Sylvia Browning commented on April 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I shall only believe that Sunder is safe once I have seen photos of him in a proper sanctuary alongside a PETA representative, and know that he is faring well and out of all danger. He deserves all the love and care in the world, after his life of hell.

    I hope and pray that abuse of elephants and all other innocent and defenceless creatures – anywhere in the world – will stop.

    • Angela Warburg commented on May 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      I am in total agreement with everyone who will not feel happy until Sunder is shown in photographs in decent surroundings and being cared for as he should be. This case has dragged on and I dont think he is safe until he has been removed from his cruel jailers.

  • Anne simpson commented on April 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Glad you have finally manage to free him from his suffering
    I take it he’s been looked after fed watered and his injuries and would are being treated
    Thanks for the update
    Please update me further

  • Wendy Scott commented on April 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    So pleases to hear some good news, may sunder be forever loved and cared and time to heal from such atrocities.

  • William Markham commented on April 28, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Free this elephant, let him be placed in a sanctuary, and stop the abuse now! Thank you.

  • Heather Lucas commented on April 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

    So pleased that, at last, that poor long suffering Sunder can see the light at the end of what has been a terrible painful life. Hopefully things should now move quickly for his release. Cannot understand how anyone can treat animals like that.

  • jackie commented on April 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    So pleased but why oh why has this taken so long to get him moved, im sure we all would pay to get him away sooner, cant believe the people who knew he was there didnt do more, thank god for you people, cant wait to see his foto’s soon im sure his fack will tell us all a beautifull end to his story xx

  • jackie commented on April 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    i did

  • Kim commented on May 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Please give an update on Sunder. We are all suffering until we see him safe and free!

  • Deb Harcourt. commented on May 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    THERE CAN BE NO EXCUSE TO CAUSE SUFFERING TO ANY OF THE ANIMALS WETHER THEY ARE KEPT IN CAPTIVITY OR IN THE WILD.

  • miriam commented on May 3, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Of all places a temple where you would think this beautiful animal would be safe and revered ! And in a country that has strong belief in Karma, well it’s coming hopefully sooner than later !!!! A million thanks to all the wonderful caring people who freed Sunder Godbless you all X

  • Caspar Browning commented on May 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    When?

  • Caspar Browning commented on May 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    When will Sunder be free? He must be freed NOW, not at some unforeseen date in the future.

    I do NOT believe this, WHEN will Sunder be free? This year, next year, sometime, never.

    Procrastination is the thief of time. Poor Sunder will be dead by the time he is freed.

    Give us some credit, please.

  • Pauline commented on May 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    What Fantastic news, well done all :)

  • Louise Dennis commented on May 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Can’t wait to see the photos of Sunder free and living life to the full. Well done PETA and everyone who signed the petition.

  • Wrenn Reed commented on May 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    When? When? When? When? WHEN???? I can’t stand this wait any longer!!!!!

  • Deb jones commented on May 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Poor thing! Leave these animals to live in peace!

  • Marjorie Caruso commented on May 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I’m so very happy that Sunder will be free. When will this happen?

    Will those that beat him be jailed? They need to be!

  • Deb Toms commented on May 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It’s about time!!!! This poor baby! I’e been signing and signing and writing and writing!!! He’ll be so happy :) WHEN THIS TAKES PLACE!!

  • Lisa Huskisson commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Wonderful news, finally this abused, terrified elephant will be free from his oppressors. This vile life he was forced to endure was at a temple !!!!!
    The sooner the meek inherit the earth the better as far as I am concerned.

    I do hope that Sunder will live the rest of his days in a loving nad happy place.

    Unfortunatley elephants DO have excellent memories, but I hope with all my heart that eventually, through plenty of care and compassion, that Sunder will be a happy and content elephant xxxx

  • Ane commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Has Sunder been released yet? It does not appear so.

  • Dawn Smith commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I am so pleased !!! Made my day xxx I hope Sunder has a long happy peaceful Autumn to his life xxx

  • Penny Ryan commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    All elephants should be free or in a sanctuary!!!!

  • lucie claire commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    it is a temple you say ???? so why this violence … i thought temples were a place of peace … love and compassion ….. gee … gee ..
    and yes some photos please to see how he is….

  • Amanda mansfield commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Fantastic News thank god you step in just in time poor sunder now she can finally have some life bless, it’s a sick world full of cruel men.
    Well done PETA

  • Lyne Forget commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Makes me feel like going over there immediately to make sure Sunder is alright and that he stays safe until he can be moved to a sanctuary. (I would make a small but vigilent bodyguard!!!!!)

  • Asha osman commented on May 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Shame on that temple. As a indian hindu I am thoroughly ashamed of these people and to think that we have an god represented by an elephant didn’t make the blindest bit of difference to these vile humans.
    Thank god for helping this poor creature.

  • Nancy Beaulieu commented on May 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    May he swiftly and carefully be taken to sanctuary. He is not safe until that time. May this group be banned from acquiring another elephant to abuse.

  • Helen. Bradshaw commented on May 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Thank god, finally … This poor elephant has been through ENOUGH! Thank goodness someone has finally listened, this baby will hardly believe it, life begins!

  • Jen commented on May 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Any idea why this would happen in a country that allows cows to walk in the streets? What was their reason for doing this? We’ll never understand it. Please let us know when Sunder is finally free and post the photos. Thank you for your hard work.

  • Sharon Pawlett commented on May 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Great news go PETA go

  • Cara Moncrieff-Ross commented on May 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    This is good news, but until asunder is actually freed from this situation his world remains the same – is this definitely going to happen?

  • Linda Cook commented on May 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Thank god that sunder has eventually got justice. This beautiful animal deserves all the love and attention in the world. Well done PETA and all.supporters for all the support.

  • Maureen Smith commented on May 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Can we see Sunder in his new environment, happy and contented?

  • Monica Donato commented on May 9, 2014 at 12:15 am

    This is great news. What is to stop them from getting another elephant and treating that one just as badly, hope there is something in place to keep this from happening.

  • Sonia Chadwick commented on May 9, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I am so happy to hear this news x

  • Jacqueline Genova commented on May 9, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I echo what most others have asked for and that is a successful end to this story …preferably some photos of poor Sunder in his new home…please!

  • Tracey loisz commented on May 9, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Excellent news for sunder and all those involved in helping . Hope to see pics of sunder set free .

  • Teena commented on May 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I keep hearing this news but no news as to where Sunda is now or when he will be free.

  • Angela commented on May 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

    great news that Sunders suffering will soon be over, every living creature deserves to live its natural life without pain and fear, shame on all of those who take this away from them.

  • Anne commented on May 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    For everyone asking for updates about Sunder, here’s the latest from PETA India: http://www.petaindia.com/blog/update-sunder
    We’ll keep you posted as soon as we have more news to share!

  • Helen Hildebrand commented on May 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    PLEASE Peta India follow this thru and ensure that Sunder is finally set free. Please release this information to everyone so we can know for sure that this beautiful animal has found peace at last – and please continue to check on him from time to time. This Vinay Kore should be questioned by police as to why he carried out the actions that he did (hid him away in an old poultry shed) and his mahoud should be charged. Please follow this thru.

  • Alexandra Hunter commented on May 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    A temple with an abused elephant. That sucks. Stinking religions!

  • Narendra commented on May 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Whoever thought of gifting this magnificent creature to the Temple was an Idiot for sure. An elephant is considered as a sacred creature in India but the story of Sunder is really shocking since he was mistreated in the temple itself. This is just an evidence that in the name of God people do what they want to do. They have their stupid thoughts and stupid beliefs and they all are just hypocrites.

    Indian laws weak and the system is corrupt. I will not be happy unless Sunder is really out of that shady place and in a rehab in Banglore.

  • Patrice commented on May 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I want to see the evidence that he has been moved as promised.

  • Helena commented on May 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I understand that Sunder is still in that horrible prison and in spite of the Judge’s signature he is still NOT in a sanctuary! What is wrong and when is that going to be corrected? Sunder needs OUT of that Hellish Temple!!!

  • adele commented on May 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Please let us know when he has been.moved.

  • Erika commented on May 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sunder you are my love.Suinder free or in a Sanctuary and same destiny for others creatures. Erika

  • Kathy Dunn commented on May 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Please keep us informed as to when Sunder is released and how he is doing. And thank you for your tireless efforts.

  • Glenda Butler commented on May 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Great news. It would be great to track his rescue as he’s still not out of danger just yet.

  • Jane commented on May 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    We keep being told that Sunder is going to be free. We keep being told that the court says Sunder must be released. We keep being told that the fact is SUNDER IS NOT FREE AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW, WHEN OR IF THIS WILL HAPPEN!!!

  • Cally commented on May 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Please ensure Sunder is released immediately. He is a precious angel and deserves a wonderful life from now on. May the people that hurt him be punished.

  • Cecilia Barrie commented on May 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Can’t wait to see Sunder enjoy freedom …… Please tell me that the people who allowed this to happen are punished.

  • Joel commented on May 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    This is great news, well done PETA for their hard work. It isn’t over for asunder until he is at a sanctuary, and I hope to see the video of his release very soon. I pray he is not replaced at this “temple” by another poor unfortunate elephant.

  • Gitte commented on May 12, 2014 at 7:53 am

    IS THE ELEPHANT SAFE NOW? Where is it? WHY DONT WE HEAR IF HE IS SAFE???????? Where is he???!!!

  • MJ commented on May 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Why no update that in fact Sunder has NOT been released, indeed his freedom is being stopped by Kore, who actually has NO CLAIM on the matter any more – he gave that away, when he gave Sunder away!!

    THIS IS IMPLAUSIBLE!!

  • Roger Barton commented on May 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I have seen Temple Elephants before and they were well cared for i.e. well fed, taken to the river and washed. But obviously this is not so in every case. Sunder’s case must be kept under the spotlight to ensure the release goes ahead – and no other elephant endures this terrible treatment.

  • Khomenko Mariia commented on May 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Please ensure Sunder is released immediately. He is a precious angel and deserves a wonderful life from now on. May the people that hurt him be punished.

  • colart commented on May 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    signé

  • Sue Towse commented on May 23, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Such good news – please keep us up to date on Sunder’s new life. At least one gentle creature is safe now.
    My concern is for the who knows how many other elephants suffering the same fate? And this in a country that produced Gandhi & Buddha. Where is man’s humanity?

  • Veronica Checkley commented on May 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Why hasnt Sunder been moved too his sanctuary! Yu do realise as long as he stays trapped in there the more his .serious leg wound will get worse either it will turn gangrenous and then if it hasnt allready septecemia will set in and that will kill him ! The court has given thbere permission for him too go too the animal sanctuary ! If he isnt moved b doon it will be too late Vee North London!

  • D.Shanthi commented on May 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Dear Human Beings,
    Don’t let animals like SUNDER THE ELEPHANT such terrible, heartless, brutal actions on animals.
    Please the Authorities, Do not let those barbaric & brutal persons. They must be punished.
    Oh God Please SAVE such harassed Animals in any nook & corner of the World.
    No Such incidents Should happen, like what destined to SUNDER.
    So called human beings try to behave with basic human qualities with compassion, love & show sympathizes to a mute innocent, orphan & expression less animals.
    Charity will not let those human being, who got participated in heart broken harassing with their lineage.
    Human Community must felt ashamed of their ruthless, merciless actions & bend their head before animal community.
    The world Created not only for Humans and also for mute animals.
    We the human beings, as God’s wish to take care of the mute animals.

  • Mel commented on June 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Please update us, is Sunder release or still in their miserable hands??

  • Sandy-Lynn Ward commented on June 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Want her free, like they all should be.

  • Sandy-Lynn Ward commented on June 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    She should be free to her natural surroundings.

  • Raul commented on July 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

    NO MORE elephant chained, miserable and alone, and endured beatings and abuse.

  • miceu commented on July 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Urgent stop cruelty

  • miceu commented on July 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Urgent stpo cruelty

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