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SassyLady
07-10-2014, 02:16 AM
The owner should be shackled and treated the same way he treated this elephant. Long story with heartbreaking pictures, but well worth the read for animal lovers.


Incredible sight of the elephant that cried: Raju was held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years and on the day he was released tears rolled down his face

Raju was held in chains for more than 50 years after being poached in India
The animal bled from spiked shackles and lived on hand-outs from tourists
Team from North London charity Wildlife SOS travelled to India to free animal
Raju cried tears of joy after being freed from suffering on American Independence Day
Five-and-a-half tonne animal driven 350 miles away to safe conservation area



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2682388/Incredible-sight-elephant-cried-Raju-held-chains-beaten-abused-fifty-years-day-released-tears-rolled-face.html#ixzz372jhtAOw
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Just a snippet....


Mr Satyanarayan said: ‘As we watched we quickly realised we had to act as quickly as possible as his situation was so desperate and the cruelty so extreme so we decided to move the rescue forward by a day.
‘The chains around his legs had spikes which were cutting into his flesh – and each time he moved puss would ooze out of wounds. Pain and brutality were all he knew.
‘His cruel handler even tore out the hair from his tail to sell as good luck charms. The exploitation and abuse just had to stop.’
However, even on Thursday evening as the mercy mission began, Raju's owner tried to prevent his rescue.
Mr Satyanarayan said: ‘He began to shout commands to terrify Raju – and try to provoke him.
‘It created an incredibly dangerous situation as a bull elephant could snap a human like a tooth pick if he becomes afraid or angry.
‘When that failed he then put a series of chains around his legs in an attempt to prevent us removing him – so viciously tight that were cutting into his legs.
Elephants are not only majestic, but they are highly intelligent animals, who have been proven to have feelings of grief, so we can only imagine what torture half a century has been like for him.
‘But we stood our ground and refused to back down – and as we did so, tears began to roll down Raju's face. Some no doubt were due to the pain being inflicted by the chains, but he also seemed to sense that change was coming. It was as if he felt hope for the first time in a very long time.
‘We knew it was now or never so we made the drastic decision to move his transportation truck closer and then walk him 200 yards.
‘Every step would have been agony, but we had to take him, or he could have vanished forever. We decided we'd remove the shackles once we'd got him to safety.’
Incredibly, Raju calmly complied, despite every step causing searing agony.
‘It was as if he knew we wanted to help him,’ Mr Satyanarayan said.
Once he was loaded, and given additional sedation, a convoy then escorted the five-and-a-half tonne elephant, 350 miles on the back of an open-top lorry to the charity's Elephant Conservation and Care Centre at Mathura.
‘Incredibly he stepped out of his truck and took his first step to freedom at one minute past midnight on July 4th, which felt so extraordinarily fitting,’ Mr Satyanarayan said.
‘The other elephants in the sanctuary awoke from their sleep as we pulled in and came to have a look – it was an extraordinary moment.’
Raju was then fed bananas, banana leaves, mango and bread and biscuits and given water before the charity's head wildlife vet Dr Yaduraj Khadpekar began the painstaking process of removing his shackles.
Mr Satyanarayan said: ‘It took him and two handlers 45 minutes to liberate him as they'd been wound round his legs to prevent their removal and to cause pain if anyone tried to take them off.
‘We all had tears in our eyes as the last rope which held the final spike was cut and Raju took his first steps of freedom.
‘The entire team were exhausted, but incredibly elated as he has suffered such unthinkable abuse and trauma for so, so long. He'd been beaten so badly, his spirit is broken.'

Kathianne
07-10-2014, 07:38 AM
That was unbelievable. Cry.

jimnyc
07-10-2014, 08:58 AM
Every last person involved in doing that to an elephant for 50 years should be shot. Look, I'm not wholly against certain animals in captivity, in zoos and such - but only if they are treated better than they would be in the wild. This poor elephant was tortured, and held in place by spikes for 50 years!! And when released, he still is nice to those around him, of course because he knows they released him. And now hopefully they will treat him like a king. I wish I could bring him to my yard and just spoil him day in and day out! I love elephants!!

Here's a video to help dry up the tears... A baby elephant sees the ocean for the first time, and loves it!

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Or perhaps the elephant that walks up to your pool while you are in for a dip! I don't know if this would be awesome or scary as hell!

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Abbey
07-10-2014, 12:46 PM
"Whenever profit is to be made in using an animal, the animal will suffer"
Abbey

fj1200
07-10-2014, 11:42 PM
"Whenever profit is to be made in using an animal, the animal will suffer"
Abbey

Milk?

Abbey
07-10-2014, 11:56 PM
Milk?

Yup. Dairy cows too.

fj1200
07-11-2014, 08:54 AM
Yup. Dairy cows too.

We should all be vegetarians?

Abbey
07-11-2014, 11:18 AM
We should all be vegetarians?

That's your decision. You know that's not my point, fj. I'm not sure why you are trying to move away from my point with this tangential argument. (But for the record, I haven't eaten most meat for about 20 years).

Some people have compassion for animals, some do not. Some have a little compassion, but in the end want what they want more. To reiterate my point: Animals used for profit suffer. Do you deny it? Have you ever read what circus animals go through, for just one example? Did you read Sassy's article above about the elephant? Profit for the owner, right? I just saw an article/picture of piglets being kicked around like footballs and beaten at a slaughterhouse "for fun" until they laid bloody and dead on the cement floor. I am not going to post links, They upset me, and they are out there for all to read if interested.

People can make their own decisions about circuses, eating meat, etc., but at least admit that animals suffer for profit. Come on, you can do it.

jimnyc
07-11-2014, 12:19 PM
"Whenever profit is to be made in using an animal, the animal will suffer"
Abbey

100% spot on, even dairy cows, even if to a lesser degree, and even if animal lovers still eat meat and/or drink milk. Granted we are higher on the food chain, but that doesn't negate the treatment being pointed out about those lower on the chain - and even if we are as humane as possible.

darin
07-11-2014, 12:56 PM
Let's do this!



http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6205&d=1405097888

http://www.wildlifesos.org/donate

Abbey
07-11-2014, 03:48 PM
Awesome, D. I just donated and designated "Help Raju and elephants" as well. :thumb:

fj1200
07-11-2014, 05:59 PM
That's your decision. You know that's not my point, fj. I'm not sure why you are trying to move away from my point with this tangential argument. (But for the record, I haven't eaten most meat for about 20 years).

Some people have compassion for animals, some do not. Some have a little compassion, but in the end want what they want more. To reiterate my point: Animals used for profit suffer. Do you deny it? Have you ever read what circus animals go through, for just one example? Did you read Sassy's article above about the elephant? Profit for the owner, right? I just saw an article/picture of piglets being kicked around like footballs and beaten at a slaughterhouse "for fun" until they laid bloody and dead on the cement floor. I am not going to post links, They upset me, and they are out there for all to read if interested.

People can make their own decisions about circuses, eating meat, etc., but at least admit that animals suffer for profit. Come on, you can do it.

Just testing the veracity of your statement. And no question that some people can be cruel and one can find multiple examples to reinforce their viewpoint. However, it's not normal or just that elephants and piglets be brutalized in the course of business, that is far beyond what is necessary. So, of course, some animals can suffer but it's not a requirement for profit.

But by your statement I'm sure fish suffer as well.

SassyLady
07-11-2014, 06:33 PM
fj ... could you, at least this one time, not look for the rationality in a statement? Did you actually read the article and look at the pictures.

What I would love to see/hear is how this story touched or didn't touch you. Instead, you are focusing on what someone else says and feels about it. Share your own instead of bisecting another's

Did you cry?

Drummond
07-11-2014, 08:12 PM
The owner should be shackled and treated the same way he treated this elephant. Long story with heartbreaking pictures, but well worth the read for animal lovers.



Just a snippet....

I didn't physically cry .. because virtually nothing can do that to me. I suppose I cried 'inside', though.

What I felt went beyond disgust.

I know what I can say to this, though. Reading accounts such as this seriously makes me wonder if I, as a member of the species 'homo sapiens', can claim what is generally regarded as true .. that we are 'the highest form of life on this planet'. For my money, proof that 'human' beings can do this, and even worse, for any appreciable length of time .. makes me think that, rather than the 'highest' lifeform, we are instead THE VERY LOWEST.

jimnyc
07-13-2014, 12:02 PM
Let's do this!



http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6205&d=1405097888

http://www.wildlifesos.org/donate

Awesome!! :clap:

I'll follow up when I get home, don't like doing financials away from my home computer. :)

jimnyc
07-14-2014, 08:58 AM
Let's do this!
http://www.wildlifesos.org/donate

As promised, I followed up behind you! I hope others will follow suit. Even if only $5, it might be enough to give our new friendly elephant a few apples for the day, or all together it may help these guys care for him, and for future animals they save and/or care for!!

http://i.imgur.com/M2jiIKw.jpg

fj1200
07-14-2014, 03:32 PM
fj ... could you, at least this one time, not look for the rationality in a statement? Did you actually read the article and look at the pictures.

What I would love to see/hear is how this story touched or didn't touch you. Instead, you are focusing on what someone else says and feels about it. Share your own instead of bisecting another's

Did you cry?

Read what you posted, disgusted by the action, didn't watch it, didn't cry. Having said that I didn't see a rational point about profit based on the abhorrent behavior exhibited. "Profiting" from animals does not require torturing elephants or piglets or otherwise.

Abbey
07-14-2014, 04:24 PM
Read what you posted, disgusted by the action, didn't watch it, didn't cry. Having said that I didn't see a rational point about profit based on the abhorrent behavior exhibited. "Profiting" from animals does not require torturing elephants or piglets or otherwise.

And yet they suffer in innumerable ways. There really is no denying it. If you are unsure, check out some of the posts that our young Irish friend has posted over the years. Ever see the video where the cow too sick to walk was dragged on the ground by a chain from the truck to the slaughterhouse? How about the Rhinos who have their horn removed and are killed to sell to sexually-insecure Asian men? Puppies kept for life in small cages at puppy mills? Chickens de-beaked so they won't mar each other's skin while they are in cramped cages? On and on and on it goes.

Whether or not profiting from animals requires suffering is moot. The point is that it does end up with them suffering, and it happens everywhere, and almost all the time. Quite a rational point, actually.

fj1200
07-14-2014, 04:31 PM
And yet they suffer in innumerable ways. There really is no denying it. If you are unsure, check out some of the posts that our young Irish friend has posted over the years. Ever see the video where the cow too sick to walk was dragged on the ground by a chain from the truck to the slaughterhouse? How about the Rhinos who have their horn removed and are killed to sell to sexually-insecure Asian men? Puppies kept for life in small cages at puppy mills? Chickens de-beaked so they won't mar each other's skin while they are in cramped cages? On and on and on it goes.

Whether or not profiting from animals requires suffering is moot. The point is that it does end up with them suffering, and it happens everywhere, and almost all the time. Quite a rational point, actually.

I've never denied it, I acknowledge it. But you do make a very progressive argument. :)