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Bon Voyage, Sunder!

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

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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.

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       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.

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     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.

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  1. avatar Sarina says:

    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.

  2. avatar Sarina says:

    Sorry mean him not her

  3. Glad there has been a happy ending to this Saga.

  4. avatar Manel says:

    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.
    THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED & RESCUED THIS VOICELESS, YET MAGNIFICENT SUNDER FROM HIS ABUSERS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. I HOPE & PRAY THAT NOW SUNDER WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF BY THE KIND PEOPLE AND WILL SHOW THE LOVE & DIGNITY HE DESERVE SO BADLY. PLEASE PROTECT SUNDER FROM THE EVIL PEOPLE AND HE STILL NEED THE GOVERNMENT PROTECTION. MAY GOD BLESS SUNDER TOO.

  5. avatar Liz says:

    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

  6. avatar LINDA BADHAM says:

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL NEWS. IT TOOK SOME TIME BUT YOU DID IT :). I HOPE THESE HEARTLESS PEOPLE WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY THINK ABOUT KEEPING A WILD ANIMAL AS A SLAVE . GOD BLESS SUNDER AND MAY HE LIVE THE REST OF HIS LIFE AS AN ELEPHANT SHOULD. XXX

    • avatar Genevieve says:

      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.

  7. avatar linda bromley says:

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

  8. avatar Jose Peres Mir says:

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

  9. avatar tracey clark says:

    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

  10. avatar Mrs Marriott says:

    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
    Julie

  11. avatar Maria Cicca says:

    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

  12. avatar Kim Looi says:

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

  13. avatar zara says:

    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

  14. avatar carole standen says:

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

  15. avatar Pauline says:

    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.

  16. avatar Liz Bona says:

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

  17. avatar Heather Lucas says:

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

  18. avatar stacey says:

    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!

  19. […] In a story that shows you should never give up hope, earlier this month, in India – after an epic campaign by PETA and our international affiliates – Sunder the elephant was rescued from years of abuse. […]

  20. avatar Peter Tucker says:

    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.

  21. avatar imogene martyn says:

    WHAT IS THIS ABOUT A ZOO , IT NOT TRUE IS IT. IT DOESNT LOOK LIKE A ZOO TO ME IN THESE NEW PICTURES. ARE YOU TRYING TO BREAK OUR HEARTS, FAITH???????

  22. 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. ☺

  23. avatar Rose says:

    WELL DONE PETA!

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