Success: Abused Indian Elephant Rescued


Target: Katrick Satyanarayan and Greeta Seshamani, Co-Founders of Wildlife SOS

Goal: Commend Wildlife SOS for freeing tortured Indian elephant

An Indian elephant has just been declared free of its abusive owner after half a century of torture. Raju the elephant was nearly forced back into his abusive home, but a recent petition called for his freedom and met with inspiring success. Raju is now being cared for by an Indian wildlife preservation society, named Wildlife SOS, that is providing him with physical and emotional rehabilitation. These wonderful animal rights activists deserve our thanks, admiration, and encouragement for saving this animal and countless others across India.

Raju was captured when he was still young and forced to work as a street-performing beggar. In order to make him beg, several “trainers,” though “torturer” better fits their job description, hit him with spiked sticks when he refused to do what they commanded. This process is called “breaking” an elephant. After this, Raju was forced to beg for 50 years and made to wear spiked leg chains every evening to ensure that he wouldn’t escape.

Thankfully, Wildlife SOS rescued Raju from this horrific state of affairs during the night, but the abusive owner then took legal action in an attempt to regain control of Raju. He argued that Raju was his property and must be returned immediately. Thankfully, the court ruled that elephants cannot be personal property and is allowing Wildlife SOS to remain in control of him. Since rescuing him from his barbarous captivity, Wildlife SOS has spent more than $40,000 on rehabilitating him and integrating him into a herd in their wildlife sanctuary.

The effort and dedication that Wildlife SOS has shown is commendable and must be encouraged so that it can continue. Please sign below to show your appreciation for this group and the good it has done for Raju and all animals that have suffered cruel treatment throughout the world.


Dear Mr. Satyanarayan and Ms. Seshamani,

I want to thank you first and foremost for all of the work you have done since your organization’s founding in 1996. Secondly, I want to specifically thank you for the amount of effort and dedication that you showed in rescuing Raju the Indian elephant. Without your help, this majestic creature would still be suffering at the hands of a torturer. His liberation and subsequent victory in court are thanks to you and your organization.

It’s no secret that many animals in India are under threat of poaching or even murder because they are sometimes dangerous. However, their danger only comes from human encroachment on their habitats. Without you, many more animals would be suffering. Please continue your good work with my blessing.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Thomas Schoch via Mosmas via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Thank you so much for rescuing beautiful Raju. For once, a happy ending to a terrible injustice to one of our animal friends. I know Raju thanks you too!

  2. SHIREEN (@LANSELL500) says:


  3. Thank you so much and bless you for your caring and compassion in rescuing Raju! May he live a very long, happy, wonderful life!!

  4. Thank you so much for rescuing RAJU now he will have the freedom he deserves it so sad what these poor animals endure at the hands of men

  5. Marion Cavero blumenfeld says:

    Freedom for raju is a big gift…raju the crying elephant..with a life full of abuse and torture is free forever. Thank you very much.
    please don.t forget sweet mali the baby girl standing during 36 years on concrete..with terrible pain in her feet and with arthritis besides being all alone all her life. Free mali.

  6. night magic says:

    such wonderful news !!!!!

  7. caryl sawyer says:

    You are much more civilized than we are. My lazy government officials (Elizabeth Goldentyre) refuses to do her job and arrest Tommy Liebel, who continues to abuse an elephant named Nosey.

  8. Cecily Colloby says:

    Thankyou! Keep up the good work and may God bless you!

  9. caryl sawyer says:

    But at home, USDA employee Elizabeth Goldentyre still refuses to stop serial offender Tommy Liebel, who is a notorious abuser of an elephant named Nosey, who is in ill health.

    Keep suckin’ up our tax dollars, Goldentyre!

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