Taken from his home when he was 12 years old, held captive for 51 years and used to beg for money, this injured and ill elephant has been left to die alone.
Gajraj is now 63 years old and has lived a life of torment, unable to enjoy freedom or the company of other elephants. Why? Because his custodian, Ms Gayatridevi, took him from his home in Madhya Pradesh in 1965 to beg for money. Where? 800 kilometres away in Maharashtra near the popular tourist spots of Yamai Devi temple and Shri Bhavani Museum.
Gajraj is now too old and too ill to beg for money so has been cruelly abandoned to die alone. Chained to a little patch of concrete, he suffers in agony from painful abscesses and raw wounds caused by the chains, as well as overgrown and broken toenails on all of his feet. Even his tusks have been hacked off.
Suffering both physical and mental pain, it’s time Gajraj is set free.
Please sign this petition urging the Maharashtra Minister of Finance, Planning and Forest to intervene now so that Gajraj can receive urgent veterinary care and be rehomed in an elephant-care centre.
Photo and video credit: PETA