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Sir Paul McCartney is asking Indian officials to free an abused elephant named Sunder.Sir Paul McCartney is asking Indian officials to free an abused elephant named Sunder.

Paul McCartney Calls for Release of Abused Elephant

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When it comes to helping animals in need, nothing stands in Sir Paul McCartney‘s way — not even Olympic rehearsals.

The Beatle was in London practicing for his performance at the Games when he learned about the plight of an abused elephant in India. McCartney immediately stopped his rehearsal and sent a plea to the Indian Forest Minister, asking him to secure the release of a young pachyderm named Sunder.

In his letter, McCartney wrote, “I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at Jyotiba Temple and put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way and enough is enough. I most respectfully call on you … to get Sunder out.”

Paul McCartney is pleading for the release of abused Indian elephant Sunder.

Evidently Sunder has been kept in deplorable conditions for quite some time. PETA India says that the elephant has sustained a severe eye injury from being jabbed with a hooked poker, is covered in lesions from past abuse, and is kept alone in a dark shed, with no light or room to take even a single step. The elephant’s handler is now on the run from authorities.

Part of Sunder's abuse includes being forced to wear spiked ankle chains.

Sadly, this type of abuse is becoming all too common. According to PETA India, many elephants are kept in small concrete pens where they are unable to move and must stand in their own excrement.

“Frequently controlled through beatings and prodded and gouged in sensitive areas behind their knees and ears with an ankus, they languish without veterinary care for even serious conditions, sustain leg injuries and are fed unsuitable food. Many elephants at Indian temples also show signs of severe psychological distress, such as swaying, head-bobbing or weaving – behaviour not found in healthy elephants in nature,” reads the website.

For more information on the plight of Sunder and other Indian elephants, including how to help, head over to the PETA India site.

Sunder photos courtesy of PETA.

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  • don miguelo

    There’s a Rock Star we can respect! Well done!

  • Poor baby Sunder 🙁 I hope with such a high profile (Sir Paul) that Sunder will be handed over to the right people and given the care and treatment he deserves. There is just TOO MUCH of this going on. It’s just not right! It’s just SO wrong!

  • Michelle Hughes

    What a bunch of total shit! I can’t stand people! If I had the money I’d pay for the United States Air Force to go pick her up in their largest cargo plane, the C-5 and I would fly her to the US where he would be given the love and care he deserves!!!! This is totally unacceptable!!! India, get your shit together!!

    • PokerRay

      C-151 actually. It would get him here quicker too. Possibly with enough room for 4-5 other abused elephants.

  • Linda Weiland

    This little fella needs rehab and then release into the wild! ASAP!!

  • stephanie

    deplorable, and this is the same country that produced Ghandi?

    • Kara

      Very Good point. India’s the same as China. The Western world has this idea of India to be “spiritual and pure”. But the way they treat animals are horrendous and inexcusable. What type of person does something like that? What pleasure could you possible get?
      I’m ashamed to be human, really I am.

  • Roberta Limoli

    Believe me if I had the money, I would fly to India and remove Sunder from this situation and bring him to the elephant sanutary in the United States of America so she can live her life out in harmony

  • AnneMarie Ansel

    Is there a petition we can sign?

  • don miguelo

    Sunder is going to a refuge now! It only took a month from Paul’s letter, apparently– Now that is RockN’Roll changing the world (with a little help from his friends, lol)!!!

  • Claudia Gibson

    India says they’re progressive, so why tolerate this sadistic abuse of Sunder. India is still a backwards nation, Lacking true humanity! Cruelty lies in the heart! We all see their moral decay. Sunder is in the news EVERYDAY!

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