UPDATE – April 7th, 2014
Bombay High Court just issued orders for Sunder’s release. Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Bangalore is to become his now home.
UPDATE – January 1st, 2014
We are very sorry to report that unfortunately Sunder has not been free yet.
A recent report about the Temple association Paschim Maharashtra Devsthan Samiti (PMDS) and their recent letter citing costs and decision to ‘transfer” ownership back to Vinay Kore is a furphy and delaying tactic. He is now subject to a High Court Order that he must be removed to the State Owned Elephant Centre (in Bangledore). If you are yet to see the video released by PETA from December – please go to:http://youtu.be/1BOWXPyQiMw
More updated will follow.
MUMBAI: Animal rights activists are rejoicing as the 13-year-old captive elephant, Sunder, at Kolhapur’s Jyotiba Temple will now finally be set free. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India confirmed that Sunder, who has spent seven years in chains in a dark shed, will soon be freed, thanks to an order issued by state forest minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, who had received proof of cruelty against Sunder.
TOI had recently reported that acclaimed singer and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, had also taken time off from his rehearsals at the recent London Olympics to appeal to the state government to free Sunder.
Source: The Time of India