We are running this campaign, as an extremely urgent appeal to help us to rescue two very ill and unhappy elephants, Mala & Shyla (names changed to protect their identity till the rescue process is completed).
They are suffering in the most unbearable conditions and displaying horrific signs of continuous abuse and exploitation.
1) Stereotypical behaviour (These are repetitive behaviour patterns, such as continuous swaying of the head, banging the head against a wall, swaying of the body, which are indicative of deep psychological trauma)
2) Severe foot rot
3) Digestive diseases due to poor and inadequate nutrition
They are chained on concrete floors, used for commercial purposes, devoid of any natural environment or interaction with other elephants. They have each, lived like this, in total misery and isolation for decades.
But we say ‘No More’! With your help, we can bring them home, help them settle into our existing elephant family and give them a chance to live out the remainder of their lives in peace, without chains!
We cannot divulge their names or location at present, as many seek to oppose our rescue efforts, as they would lose the opportunity to continue exploiting these animals for commercial gain. We would not like to jeopardise our efforts to bring these elephants out of commercial captivity and relocate them to our Elephant Care Facilities, as we are in the initial stage of beginning actions to rescue these animals, working in close cooperation with the Animal Welfare Board of India, Forest Department and the institutions who are holding these animals.
All our five rescued elephants have been handed over voluntarily, by the very institutions that held them captive. This was due to active dialogue and engagement with the custodians helping them understand, that life in chains , alone and ill, is no life at all for a majestic, social and highly intelligent species, like an Elephant! Though time-consuming, we value this approach, because it helps bring about positive changes.
We need financial support to make site visits, appeal to the authorities, conduct inspections, build infrastructure for them at our rescue facilities, grow fodder, hire staff, organize veterinary and behavioural care and rehabilitation.
While the road ahead is hard and may take months, before we can bring these two elephants home and change their lives for the better; we are confident that with your support, we can do it!
Won’t you reach out and help them? They have no one but us in their corner, right now, let’s show them, that there is a whole family waiting out there to help them, love them and support them!
Please visit our website – www.wrrcindia.org to know more about our Captive Elephant Programme.
Budget for 1 year - INR (For two elephants)
- Site Visits – 50,000/-
- Enclosure Restructuring - 3,61,000/-
- Mahout Cost – 5,00,000/-
- Advocacy Actions – 1,00,000/-
- Food & Veterinary Care – 4,89,000/-
Does any elephant deserve to live behind bars?