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Paul McCartney: Elephant He Rescued Found Being Beaten In Chicken Shack [Watch]

Sir Paul McCartney, the much loved ex-Beatles star, tried to save a 14-year-old elephant during a 2012 visit he made to India. While on that trip, he met Sunder, an elephant which had been donated to the local Jyotiba Temple by an Indian politician – and was then abused by its handlers.

When Paul McCartney met poor Sunder, the elephant had an injury to its eye, a hole in its ear and numerous scars all over its body, which it had sustained over a period of six years since it had been donated to the Temple.

McCartney approached the Maharashtra State’s forest department, as well as an Indian government organization called Project Elephant, and gave money to them in the hope that they would see to it that Sunder be moved to a sanctuary where he would not be abused.

Unfortunately Sir McCartney’s plan to give Sunder a better life didn’t quite come together, as evidenced by a video captured recently by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). In the disturbing clip, the elephant can be seen living in a chicken shack, shackled in heavy chains and is obviously malnourished.

Dr. Manilal Valliyate, PETA director of veterinary affairs, said that Sunder had been seen: “writhing in pain and struggling to stand as the mahout (handler) strikes him repeatedly. Sunder visibly recoils in fear from the weapon-wielding mahout, who continues to threaten him with violence after he has stood.”

As if the unnecessary beatings on Sunder weren’t bad enough, the PETA investigators found that the shack in which Sunder was living is open to three sides, which allows in the harsh sun during the day, and the cold wind at night. The fact there is no bedding at all for Sunder just tops off a pretty dismal display of human abuse of an innocent animal.

Hopefully, Sir Paul McCartney will intervene once again on Sunders behalf, and arrange for a permanent solution. The kind of abuse that PETA uncovered is sadly commonplace in India, and needs to be stopped.

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21 Responses to “Paul McCartney: Elephant He Rescued Found Being Beaten In Chicken Shack [Watch]”

  1. Erin Lawson

    it wouldn't be so hard to track down where the elephant is and for the public to ask Mr McCartney to intervene again. He obviously wanted to help Sunder to begin with, I think he'd be enraged to know that this is how his money was spent.

  2. Jackie Fitzgerald

    Thank you for covering this. It is a disgrace that Sunder the elephant is still being chained and abused despite a court order for his release to a sanctuary. How has one man got the power to flout the orders of the courts and keep this defenseless animal shackled in an appalling environment? Free Sunder Now!

  3. Katoto A Gin

    the horror of his treatment and of other temple elephants is a blame for India. This should be known to the whole world. As tourists are ignorant (up to now), We all have to be educated on this matter. And India was in my mind always such a friendly country towards the living sentient beings. Perhaps it is necessary that we as tourist don't visit India any more. and commercially put India under pressure until they become humane towards these gentle giants and all other living beings

  4. Jmjm Clch

    Thank you for running this article. For folks who want to help and stay engaged, please visit the facebook page: Free Sunder Now. Thank you!

  5. Jmjm Clch

    Thank you for running this article. For folks who want to help and stay engaged, please visit the facebook page: Free Sunder Now. Thank you!

  6. Nicki Callahan

    Thank you so much for covering this important (and horrific) story. Please, everyone who is touched / angered by this please reach out to the India police and summons the arrest of Sunder's handler. There are many other ways to help Sunder as well. Please visit Free Sunder Now on facebook. The courts are again stalling and we need swift action to cease the daily violence upon Sunder. Emails, template letters, and contacts on how to help all available on the FB page. Please help save this beautiful creature – his days are numbered if he remains where he is.

  7. Nicki Callahan

    Thank you so much for covering this important (and horrific) story. Please, everyone who is touched / angered by this please reach out to the India police and summons the arrest of Sunder's handler. There are many other ways to help Sunder as well. Please visit Free Sunder Now on facebook. The courts are again stalling and we need swift action to cease the daily violence upon Sunder. Emails, template letters, and contacts on how to help all available on the FB page. Please help save this beautiful creature – his days are numbered if he remains where he is.

  8. Melanie Harmon

    Please free Sunder!!! This is awful. I haven't stopped thinking about him since I first heard his story. Please make this come to an end soon. He doesn't deserve to live one more minute like this. Thank you Inquisitr for running this story and furthering awareness of what Sunder has been going through. Hang in their big guy. The world is pulling for you.

  9. Pat Angel

    We the people demand this adorable and intelligent animal to be freed. He has the right to live a decent and productive life.

  10. Kevin Lenaghan

    Thank you for following up on this awful tragedy. It is absolutely disgraceful and it is happening in a TEMPLE? It is absolutely disgusting and barbaric. Please continue to follow up. It means a lot to this poor animal and to many, many people.

  11. Lian Reyes

    About time that media takes notice of all animal abuse . My prayer and support to Sunder and in the quickest time possible he will be freed and be taken cared of by someone who will not use and abuse him.

  12. Robina Jamieson

    Thank you for your coverage on Sundar's terrible plight. That the horrific abuse has been allowed to go on despite local laws on animal cruelty having been broken is outrageous. It is high time for the Police to intervene, as the court order remains pending, Sundar is still suffering unimaginable abuse – beatings, chained so tightly he cannot even lie down, standing in muck and urine, no basic care – no shelter, water, proper nourishment, baths – all absolutely essential to an elephant. Not allowed to move around, muscle atrophy will develop. His health is hitting rock bottom. A recent photo shows a horrific bleeding wound and awful bruising on Sundar’s face. Readers, please don't let Sundar breathe his last in that hellish place with that sadistic mahout. Please join the cause to have Sundar transported to a suitable sanctuary. See the facebook page: Free Sunder Now,
    https://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/events/438037036321689/492631514195574/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity
    for details on how you can help free poor Sundar.
    Please keep us posted on Sundar's situation.

  13. Carol Cummins

    Beaten, chained, abused, tortured and injured. This innocent animal has suffered enough. Please release him to a sanctuary without delay. Where is your compassion for all living beings? Paul Mc Cartney please follow this through!

  14. Carol Cummins

    Beaten, chained, abused, tortured and injured. This innocent animal has suffered enough. Please release him to a sanctuary without delay. Where is your compassion for all living beings? Paul Mc Cartney please follow this through!

  15. Jacqueline Gannie

    Thank you for your coverage on Sunder's terrible situation. Sunder is a beautiful elephant that was born free from all abuse and beatings. Its the humans whom have put Sunder in this unnecessary situation. BACKGROUND:PETA proves temple elephant sunder is tortured
    Sunder is a young elephant who was captured and torn away from his family back in 2008. The man who captured him is Vinay Kore, an extremely belowed influential polician in Maharashtra, India. Kore gifted the elephant to the Jyotiba Temple in Kolhapur where he was tortured by hishandlers. VIDEOS OF SUNDER BEING BEATEN:
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/455619/Heartbreaking-footage-of-elephant-being-beaten-to-the-ground-by-its-keepers-in-India

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518752/Video-exposes-brutal-beatings-given-elephant.html

    Sunder has committed no crime! Why then is the mahout VIOLENTLY BEATING HIM EVERYDAY with a pole. HE is chained day and night and lives in his own urine and crap, no animal deserves this. Please people out there let us all join forces all over the world to stop animal abuse and put pressure on the courts in India to release Sunder into the beautiful chain free sanctuary, to live his life as he is meant to: FREE FROM TERRIBLE BEATINGS AND ABUSE, FOLLOW HIS STORY ON #FREE SUNDER NOW ON HIS FACE BOOK PAGE.
    Thank you.

  16. Jacqueline Gannie

    Thank you for your coverage on Sunder's terrible situation. Sunder is a beautiful elephant that was born free from all abuse and beatings. Its the humans whom have put Sunder in this unnecessary situation. BACKGROUND:PETA proves temple elephant sunder is tortured
    Sunder is a young elephant who was captured and torn away from his family back in 2008. The man who captured him is Vinay Kore, an extremely belowed influential polician in Maharashtra, India. Kore gifted the elephant to the Jyotiba Temple in Kolhapur where he was tortured by hishandlers. VIDEOS OF SUNDER BEING BEATEN:
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/455619/Heartbreaking-footage-of-elephant-being-beaten-to-the-ground-by-its-keepers-in-India

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518752/Video-exposes-brutal-beatings-given-elephant.html

    Sunder has committed no crime! Why then is the mahout VIOLENTLY BEATING HIM EVERYDAY with a pole. HE is chained day and night and lives in his own urine and crap, no animal deserves this. Please people out there let us all join forces all over the world to stop animal abuse and put pressure on the courts in India to release Sunder into the beautiful chain free sanctuary, to live his life as he is meant to: FREE FROM TERRIBLE BEATINGS AND ABUSE, FOLLOW HIS STORY ON #FREE SUNDER NOW ON HIS FACE BOOK PAGE.
    Thank you.

  17. Elizabeth McBride

    We wait for the final orders regarding Sunder's fate. Hopefully it is far from the evil mahouts and Kore. He has been through so much. It is time to do the right thing by him…www.savingsunder.com