After Beatles legend Paul McCartney,
star Pamela Anderson has spoken out to save
the young elephant Sunder from the shackles which tie him to a
temple in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.
Read: Sir Paul McCartney campaigns to free baby elephant in India
Anderson, who was a guest on reality show Bigg Boss
2010, has written a letter to MLA Vinay Kore, leader of the
Jan Surajya Shakti Party, requesting that the elephant be
removed from the Jyotiba Temple and sent to a sanctuary right
away, before he suffers more.
Sunder was donated to the temple by Kore. The young
elephant has been beaten so badly by his mahout (handler) that
he sustains an eye injury and is kept in chains, according to
PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals).
"I am in tears over the plight of the little elephant,
Sunder, who you so kindly gave to Jyotiba Temple with the best
of intentions. I am sure you are also crushed by what has been
done to this little soul. He is the age of one of my sons, and
as sensitive as anyone's child. Like other victims of abuse,
he will be scarred for life mentally, as he already is
physically," wrote Anderson.
"I'm sure you feel as I do that elephants are precious
creatures of God, and it is a crime against Heaven that he
could have been allowed to be treated like this. Sunder must
be rescued without delay. May everyone, including me, count on
you, please, to save this youngster?"
Earlier this week, Paul McCartney interrupted his
Olympics rehearsals to send an urgent appeal to Forest
Minister Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam to help free Sunder from