Free Shackled and Isolated Elephant to Sanctuary

Elephant by Jim Bowen

Target: Mr. Maroof Afzal, Chairman of the Capital Development Authority, Islamabad

Goal: Move elephant that has been living alone in shackles to a sanctuary where he can happily live out the rest of his life.

Kaavan is the only elephant at the Marghazar Zoo and has been for the last 28 years. For many of those years, he was shackled on all four feet. Elephants are social animals and travel in herds and establish deep connections with other elephants in the wild. Marghazar Zoo has been robbing Kaavan of basic needs for nearly three decades.

Earlier this year, animal rights supporter Samar Khan visited the zoo herself. Upon arriving, she saw the horror that Kaavan was living in. All four of Kaavan’s legs were chained up and the elephant did not move from his one spot for over 45 minutes. She stated that the only thing the elephant moved was his head that was swinging left and right repeatedly. Ms. Khan couldn’t let Kaavan live like this anymore. She spread the word about Kaavan’s condition in Islamabad, Pakistan, and started a petition to help the elephant.

The response was great and the Capital Development Authority ordered the removal of Kaavan’s chains. However, Kaavan is still stuck alone. Sign this petition below and demand the Capital Development Authority to move Kaavan to a proper sanctuary where he can happily live out the rest of his days.


Dear Mr. Chairman Afzal,

Recently, you demanded the Marghazar Zoo remove the chains from the legs of Kaavan the elephant. Thank you very much for seeing how cruel it was to keep Kaavan chained up. However, Kaavan has also been in solitude for the past 28 years. This neglect is just as cruel as the chains.

Elephants are social animals. In the wild, elephants travel in herds and establish deep connections with other elephants. He is demonstrating many psychological issues like repeatedly swaying his head back and forth. It is time to move Kaavan to a sanctuary where he can live a happier and healthier life among other elephants.

Please see that this solitude is just as damaging to Kaavan as the chains were.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Heather Norwood

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  1. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Animals should be respected as citizens of this Earth. They should have the right to their own freedom, their own families and their own lives. No creature in the Animal Kingdom deserves to be mistreated, abused or tortured. Not one…

  2. Rachel Menti says:

    where are,all our animal friends? baby toys & clothes MFRS use animal & baby animal images on all their products. they should be helping BUILD awareness the many animals being poached and trophy hunted or left on concrete slabs in shackles to be gawked at. these animals are in desperate need of our help

  3. Sylvia Browning says:

    Give the elephants a good, safe life of freedom.

  4. It’s time animals rights became more important than “ownership” rights. Duh! If an animal is suffering then steps need to be taken to ensure the animal does not continue to suffer. It’s hardly rocket science. We should not have to plead, this should happen automatically.

  5. anita culling says:

    Please let this elephant live its life as it should. Free and with others of its kind. Not chained and lonely.

  6. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    This is so cruel. This animals were born to live free. Nobody has the right to deprive them of their liberty.

  7. Lilian Caughlin says:

    No animal deserves to live in chains or isolated. There is so much entertainment available to people that the use of animals is obsolete and considered cruel. Not that it was ever acceptable. The time has come now to stop it.

  8. PLEASE RELOCATE KAAVAN TO AN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, where he can live happily & comfortably, as he so deserves — Let’s do the right thing here.

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