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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Despite Paul McCartney 2012 campaign to save him – 14 yr old elephant remains in chains

Two years ago, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was moved enough by the plight of a 14-year-old elephant named Sunder, chained and beaten by his handlers at Jyotiba Temple in a city south of India’s largest city, to start a campaign for his release.

The story has the ingredients for a happy ending, but it didn’t turn out that way for Sunder. McCartney managed to make agreements with the Maharashtra State’s forest department, and Project Elephant, an Indian government organization, to move Sunder to a sanctuary–but an investigation in February found he’d simply been stuck in a chicken shack, shackled in such heavy chains he couldn’t even lie down to sleep.

Even worse, the investigation by rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals captured video footage of the animal looking malnourished and being beaten by its handler.

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Project Elephant

you guys know how the origami elephant represents good fortune. So I’ve decided to ’invest’ ten dollars in the world. I will be making little origami elephants and I’ll leave them around random places; book shelves in libraries, park benches store shelves anywhere unexpected for strangers to find. In addition of finding a little origami dollar elephant I will be putting positive messages around the little elephants trunk such as this one

 to make people happy. I know many people will think I’m an irresponsabble teenager who dosen’t know the value of money and I’m just wasting ten dollars I could use in my own benefit as many people do and  maybe you are right; maybe I don’t know the value of money yet but what’s the point of having money of you can’t use it to make people happy with it. Specially com pleat strangers who you have never met and you have no idea what these people are going through in their lives and how this simple gesture of love can affect them.

I hope this project brings a positive impact on people and hope that maybe some on the ten that will find this little guys may want to do the same for others. I know I have no way of knowing if the elephants made it into good hands that will cherish them or into people who just found money and will spend it. Which ever it is I just hope I made their day a little brighter.

By the way guys I don’t know what type of positive things to write on the cards so if you have any ideas PLEASE PLEASE message them to me. you will make some one smile :)

telegraph.co.uk
Prince Harry travels to Africa on mission to save 500 elephants 

Prince Harry is to spend the rest of the summer working on a project transferring 500 tranquilised elephants hundreds of miles to save them from poachers in Africa.

He will join the “500 elephants” initiative in Malawi, one of the largest and most significant elephant relocations in conservation history.

The project works by firing tranquilising darts at the animals from helicopter and then transporting them by truck and crane to a wildlife reserve in the centre of the country.

With their ears flipped over their eyes to block out the light and their trunks kept open to make sure they can breathe, the elephants are loaded onto vehicles to take them from the south of the country to their new sanctuary home.

It is the second summer in a row that the young royal will spend time in Africa.

The Prince, who left the Army last summer after 10 years as an officer, is in Africa at the moment and is expected to remain on the continent for a number of weeks.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “The elephants are being moved to reduce pressure on the habitat and alleviate human wildlife conflict while helping to repopulate the local herd in their new home.

“In the future, the reserve may also help restore elephant populations in other parts of Africa, where numbers have significantly declined due to poaching.

“This summer’s work will further enhance his personal first-hand experience of initiatives that support some of Africa’s most pressing conservation challenges.”

Harry was in South Africa last week attending an Aids conference in Durban and sharing a platform with Sir Elton John.

He also made a private visit to Lesotho to see the latest developments of his charity Sentebale, which is based in the country.

Last year in a tour of South Africa he presented Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel with a picture of the moment he marked the statesman’s death by planting the South African flag at the South Pole.

During the visit he also dramatically fell from his pony while playing polo, but he carried on with the game unharmed. 

The match was in aid of Sentebale. Similar events have been held around the world. 

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*I’d like to start by saying no pictures or words are going to explain quite how incredible this project is*
Elephant Nature Park’s “Journey To Freedom” is quite simply the most magical experience I’ve ever had.

If you’re looking to visit elephants in an ethical way but you’re not quite sure how, Elephant Nature Park is a brilliant place to start. They have a few different projects including day trips with the elephants in the park, week long volunteering positions with the elephants (or you can go and help the 500 dogs they have, most of which were saved from the Bangkok floodings!) but the week long volunteering position in the mountains is the one I chose, and boy did I make the right choice!

After arriving at the office and being treated to coffee and cake we were joined by 13 others in a mini van and were on our way. During the ride we were shown a video briefly explaining ENP and what they do and why they do it. I don’t think there was a dry eye in sight. We learnt about a process called the Phajaan, its a torture device used on baby elephants that “breaks their spirit” After being stolen away from their mothers the baby’s are kept chained up to a wooden frame for up to 10 days. They are not able to move and even their trunks are chained up (the reason for this… So they don’t kill themselves by stepping on their trunks) Whilst they are trapped their mahouts (elephant trainers) beat them until they become passive and ready to perform. After elephants have their spirits broken they can go into many different lines of work such as, logging, trekking, painting and the circus.

We were lucky enough to really get to know and spend time with our wonderful elephant herd; Mae Boon Si, Mae Yui, Mae Bai and Erowan. The two first ladies were saved from trekking companies, the third is Mae Yui’s little girl who was in the circus and the last was a 6 year old boy who was saved from a career of painting.

Now I’d like to explain the whole “painting” thing. It might not sound so terrible but after going through the process of having his spirit broken Erowan was then made to stand in the same spot for hours on end, painting flowers onto a canvas to entertain brainless tourists. Did they really think that an elephant could paint? The poor thing had a nail stabbed into the side of his head as his Mahout guided the paint brush along the canvas. And on top of all this he was only fed bananas every few hours and wasn’t able to walk about at all. That’s like tying a toddler up and only feeding them sweets. Absolutely heartbreaking. This mistreatment led to Erowan being unable to move his ankles at all, he was literally stuck. Until he was rescued of course!

Now Erowan frolics with his herd in the jungle literally eating all day. All day. I wasn’t sure whether he was making up for lost time or was just being a typical growing boy. But my god did he eat! You’d often find him following behind the girls eating their leftovers (such as the leaves off the tree they’d just pulled down, like it was nothing, using only their trunk, fuck me they’re powerful!) In fact all the elephants are eating constantly, and it was so wonderful to see. We were able to spend hours trekking through the jungle following them wherever they went, we saw them break down whole trees, shower themselves with mud (they use it as sun cream and an insect repellent - this is actually something I want to mention in a moment!) scratch themselves with sticks using their trunks and navigate their way around the forest with such agility you’d think they weighed as much as a monkey. They are so graceful and their dexterous trunks were constantly impressing us (did you know elephants have 40,000 muscles in their trunk?!)

During this project we were also able to spend time in the local villages and got to play and help teach the young children in their nurseries and schools. The whole point of J2F is to provide a long term solution for elephant welfare, rather than just chopping down food and cleaning them out, which is what you have to do at the park - equally as important, just different - you are providing young children with knowledge about elephants and skills, such as speaking English, that they can use to get themselves a better future, and hopefully stop the trend of mistreating elephants as a means of income. The kids were all wonderful and made the whole experience even more special.

But the most special thing of all was the instant incredible relationships that we made as a group. My Elephamily will be in my heart forever.

So to conclude, if you want to see elephants don’t ride on them, buy their paintings, give to them when they’re begging on the streets or wash them (they like to be muddy remember, sun cream and insect repellent!) but instead do your research and help worthwhile charities that are doing good things. I haven’t even got on to Lek, the founder of ENP, or the truly heartbreaking stories of the elephants at the park but if you’d like to learn more please go to their website http://www.elephantnaturepark.org or better yet visit one of their projects! I promise you won’t regret it!

XOXO MARBZ