Sunder, a 14-year-old Indian elephant, is supposed to be living in a sanctuary. Instead, he is being chained and beaten.
Undercover video footage just released by PETA India reveals a malnourished looking Sunder chained by two legs, writhing in pain and struggling to stand as a mahout (handler) strikes him repeatedly with a wooden pole. Sunder visibly recoils in fear.
For six years, Sunder was chained and abused at the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur, India, but the Maharashtra Forest Department and Project Elephant gave orders to retire Sunder to a sanctuary. Instead, 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 shed.
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