An elephant rescued by Sir Paul McCartney during a 2012 trip to India was found malnourished, beaten and shackled to a chicken shack.
When McCartney rescued the 14-year-old elephant, Sunder, he had been abused by his handlers. He suffered an eye injury, a hole in his ear and numerous scars to his body in the six years he was kept by the Jyotiba Temple in city of Kolhapur.
But his life under McCartney’s care doesn’t appear to be much better.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video of Sunder being beaten with sticks by handlers.
Dr. Manilal Valliyate, PETA director of veterinary affairs, says in the video Sunder can be seen “writhing in pain and struggling to stand as the mahout (handler) strikes him repeatedly. Sunder visibly recoils in fear from the weapon-wielding mahout, who continues to threaten him with violence after he has stood.”
Sunder’s shack is open on three sides, leaving the shackled animal exposed to the harsh sun during the day and the cold wind at night. There is no bedding.
Animal activists hope the video will spur on McCartney to make a lasting change to get Sunder the kind of home he deserves.
McCartney has been a spokesman for PETA UK’s vegetarianism campaign and a longtime member of Greenpeace.