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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