An undercover investigation conducted by PETA resulted in shocking video footage of a mahout (handler) violently beating Sunder a 14-year-old elephant at the centre of a PETA petition in the High Court of Bombay with a thick wooden pole. The footage reveals a malnourished-looking Sunder chained by two legs, writhing in pain and struggling to stand as the mahout strikes him repeatedly with the pole.
Sunder was chained and abused for six years at the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, and following orders by the Maharashtra Forest Department and Project Elephant, which operates under the central Ministry of Environment and Forests, to retire Sunder to a sanctuary, Maharashtra Member of Legislative Assembly Vinay Kore, who had given the elephant as a "gift" to the temple, sent him to be chained in an old, dark poultry shed in Warananagar instead.
Please help PETA urge authorities to transfer Sunder to the Wildlife SOS elephant sanctuary in Mathura immediately.
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