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Paul McCartney wrote a letter to the Indian government on PETA India’s behalf asking for the rescue of an elephant named Jeymalyatha. Jeymalyatha is being held captive at a temple in Tamil Nadu, India and recent PETA footage showed the poor animal being beaten while chained and abused with pliers by her caretakers.

Source: PETA India

PETA inspectors recently visited the elephant to perform a veterinarian inspection. The organization took footage during this trip which shows Jeymalyatha’s heartbreaking treatment.

PETA India found that her mahout was using weapons such as pliers to twist the elephant’s skin and beat her until the animal could be heard screaming in pain in the video. Jeymalyatha is chained to the floor and held captive in this temple. PETA says that she is chained by two legs for at least 16 hours a day and has infected feet from spending so much of her life standing on concrete. PETA India sent their findings to officials responsible for Jeymalyatha’s wellbeing.

After McCartney viewed PETA’s footage of the abused animal, he decided to send a letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change official in India about Jeymalyatha in hopes of getting her relocated.

“I have considered India a spiritual place ever since I traveled there in the 1960s. I was impressed by India’s cultural love for animals. I know India reveres elephants, its national heritage animal, but cruelty to animals happens everywhere, even in India. What reflects on a country’s values is how that cruelty is addressed,” McCartney wrote in his letter.

“That’s why I am confident that action will be taken to send sorely abused elephant Jeymalyatha (Joymala) to a suitable rescue centre where she can receive the specialized care she needs for her psychological wounds, and can live unchained and in the company of others of her kind,” he added.

He concluded his letter by saying that Jeymalyatha has “suffered more than enough” and she “deserves to spend the rest of her time on this Earth the way away from her abusive trainers, rehabilitating, and with others of her kind.”

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