Apex court upholds HC order to release Sunder

Meanwhile, the Kolhapur forest department is making arrangements to relocate the pachyderm.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 30, 2014 5:28 am
The veterinary officer from Kerala, Dr Sasindradev, had recommended that Sunder be shifted immediately, fearing further injury. The veterinary officer from Kerala, Dr Sasindradev, had recommended that Sunder be shifted immediately, fearing further injury.

Freedom is just a week away for abused elephant Sunder as the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Bombay High Court order to release him to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre at Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bangalore by June 15.

A division bench headed by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar ruled in favour of Peta India after MLA Vinay Kore, who owns the facility where Sunder is currently housed, approached the apex court requesting a stay on the Bombay HC’s directive to release Sunder.

Meanwhile, the Kolhapur forest department is making arrangements to relocate the pachyderm.

“We have asked for two veterinarians and two mahouts from Kerala as well as a special truck and ambulance which should be ready latest by June 1,” said M K Rao, CCF, Kolhapur.

Housed at a poultry shed at Warnanagar near Kolhapur, Sunder’s transfer was speeded up after a visit from a veterinary officer revealed that he is suffering from a “massive wound” in his left hind limb.

The veterinary officer from Kerala, Dr Sasindradev, had recommended that Sunder be shifted immediately, fearing further injury.

“The elephant is under the risk of suffering further injuries and should be moved to Bangalore on an emergency basis,” said the vet’s report.

PETA India has been campaigning for Sunder’s release since 2012. “Sunder has only known cruelty, misery and neglect; this abused young elephant will now be on his way to safety,” said  PETA, India Director of Veterinary Affairs, Dr Manilal Valliyate.
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    debbiesherman2010
    Jun 1, 2014 at 6:31 am
    Sunder will be freed from his horrible life June 15th. Hallelujah.
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      Kelley Sosa
      Jun 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm
      Who died and left humans in charge of imprisonment of wild animals? Who died and left humans in charge of killing animals for sport? Who died and left in charge of killing animals for their hides?Inhumane humans should be imprisoned for their acts of inhumane treatment and killing of wild animals. Farm and ranch animals should be treated humanely, too. They are abused and purposely frightened, before they are killed, for mostly morbidly obese humans to eat. This is all just sick and wrong!
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