Elephant Living in Chains for 30 Years in a Pakistani Zoo Set to be Free

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Kaavan, an elephant who spent more than 30 years of his life in chains at a Pakistani zoo will finally be able to end his captivity inside a poorly maintained zoo in Pakistan after a historic court order on May 22 by the Islamabad High Court.

According to reports, the elephant will be released and sent to a 25,000-acre animal sanctuary in Cambodia, Sri Lanka next month. Also, Read – Saudi Man Jumps On Back Of Rare Whale Shark & Rides Along While Holding Fin | Watch Viral Video

For decades, the elephant stayed in the Maraghazar Zoo in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Campaigning for his release, animal rights activists claimed that he was badly mistreated, kept in chains, and triggering emotional illness symptoms.

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His keepers forced him to entertain guests and carry children on his back for long hours. What made matters worse that he was staying alone as his only companion in the zoo also passed away.

For years, animal rights campaigners and celebrities petitioned for the freedom of the elephant.

Following protests by animal rights campaigners who outrage and petitioned for the freedom of the elephant, the court ruled in May that it was appropriate to free Kaavan from the zoo.

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“Neither is there adequate facilities nor resources to provide living conditions that would meet the behavioral, social, and physiological needs of the animals,” said Chief Justice Athar Minallah.

After the court order, the Pakistan government gave its consent to Free The Wild, an animal welfare organization, to relocate Kaavan to a sanctuary in Cambodia.

The court also ordered dozens of other animals, including brown bears, lions, and birds, to be relocated temporarily while the zoo improves its standards.


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