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This news that Raju’s former owner is appealing to Allahabad courts for custody of the elephant he formerly abused, comes as both a shock and a giant face palm moment for anyone who knows this sad elephant’s story. Raju spent the past 50 YEARS in chains, serving as many as 27 different owners/abusers who use this gentle elephant as a begging prop. His daily  life consistent of standing on the street with his mahout, clad in spiked chains to prohibit him from moving. Raju survived by eating scraps of garbage left on the street.

Deprived of all basic needs of any living creature – not to mention virtually all the needs specific to his species, Raju’s life was a living hell. However, thanks to the hard work of Wildlife S.O.S. and a number of governmental officials, Raju was rescued from his captors. It is said he literally cried with happiness when his spiked chains were finally removed.

Since his rescue, Raju has been living (and thriving) at the Wildlife S.O.S. elephant sanctuary, finally able to receive proper care and a diet composed of edible, nutritious foods. But now Raju’s former owner has decided he wants Raju back.

You’ve got to be kidding, right?

Sadly, no. Raju was a highly profitable prop to his abuser, and he has approached the Allahabad courts pleading for custody of the elephant he illegally kept for years. To any human with even the smallest inkling of compassion, this request seems absurd and unacceptable. Why would illegally holding an animal and abusing them everyday they were in your care be grounds for custody, we do not know. It seems like a no-brainer to us, but unfortunately, this is yet to be seen in the eyes of this court.

Thousands of people took to action to help free Raju, and now it is time to renew that support and help ensure he stays free from his former mahout. Just as the cruel person who imprisoned Raju is appealing to the government, so are we. You can show your support for Raju by urging Shri Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister for the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Dr. Rupak De, the chief wildlife warden for Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, to deny Raju’s captor’s request, by signing and sharing this petition.

The Allabahad Government helped to free Raju, so now it is their responsibility to keep him free.

Image source: Wildlife S.O.S.

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0 comments on “Raju the Abused Elephant’s Former Owner is Trying to Get Him Back. Here’s What You Can Do to Stop It!”

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Mike
1 Months Ago

Put a BULLET in the former owners head, problem solved! Inhumane piece of shit!


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SARAH BAILEY
15 Sep 2014

AMEN...HEAR HEAR!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT STAND ANIMAL ABUSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT MAKES ME CRY AND I GET VERY SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lorena
1 Months Ago

This is absurd! That low life that had him before didn\'t take care of him and abused him, he does not deserve to have this big guy back. Thanks to Wildlife SOS he finally doesn\'t have to wear the chains anymore! Hope that POS never gets this guy back!


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Madhawa
1 Months Ago

Can anybody explain what we can do for this?


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Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hi Madhawa, you can sign this petition to stop the animal abuser from getting Raju back :) https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

Margaret
1 Months Ago

The owner of Raju should\'ve been jailed for animal cruelty..... to give him back would be unjust to Raju. LEAVE him in the sanctuary. The owner should never be permitted to have another animal of any kind.


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judith
02 Sep 2014

well said Margaret!

Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello Margaret, if you haven\'t already done so, pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe and pass it on! Thank you! https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

Jeanne Crabb
1 Months Ago

WHY on earth would anyone make a decision to return Raju to the former owner? STOP THE ANIMAL CRUELTY! This elephant needs to stay where he is safe and properly cared for. NO more animal abuse for Raju. Please show some compassion and leave this elephant where he will be safe, comfortable and will remain free from cruelty and abuse. Please NO MORE animal cruelty & abuse.


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Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello, if you haven\'t already, pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe :) and pass it on https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

lindsay brunton
1 Months Ago

in the name of compassion and humanity for pitys sake PLEASE allow raju to stay where he is.heaven forbid if he is returned to this disgusting man i will lose any lingering faith left in fellow mankind.


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FAITH DE VORRE
29 Aug 2014

keep this poor animal far away from that former owner.. he has no business having such a wonderful creature in his care.. and i use the word care loosly..
please what ever you do ... do not let this horrible man anywhere near this animal.

Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello, if you haven\'t already, pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe :) and pass it on https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

Kim Lores Bodaglo
1 Months Ago

I beg of you not to return Raju to his former owner. First of all, this is a sentient being and should not be "owned" by anyone. His former care-giver was a horrible abuser and that is very clear. 50 years in chains for a tender soul is to much for any living being. Any time is to long. Please leave him in his sanctuary where he can heal somewhat from his life of servitude. I beg of you.


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Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello, if you haven\'t already...pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe and pass it on :) https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

Mary Kimmich
1 Months Ago

Please do not return this abused animal back to a horrible, horrible abuser!!!!


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Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello, if you haven\'t already, pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe and pass it on :) https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

Calicat K
1 Months Ago

Tell you what...if the animal\'s former abusive owner wants to earn money by begging, how about he use himself as the prop. He can chain himself with spikes and not allowed to move for hours while passersby toss coins in a hat. I would pay him to torment himself the way he tormented this beautiful animal. The owner? Not beautiful at all HE is the real "animal". Do not give the elephant back to him. Allow the beautiful aged beast to live the rest of his years in peace. How horrid an idea it is to return the elephant to the abuser.


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Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello, if you haven\'t already...pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe and pass it on :) https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free

Bonnie Hall-Gardiner
1 Months Ago

This is horrendous and disgusting. This beautiful creature needs to live out the rest of his life in happiness and health.


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Beetit
02 Sep 2014

Hello, if you haven\'t already...pls sign the petition to keep Raju safe and pass it on :) https://www.change.org/p/shri-akhilesh-yadav-the-honourable-chief-minister-government-of-uttar-pradesh-keep-raju-free



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