Paul McCartney Sends Urgent Letter To Save An Abused Elephant
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Paul McCartney, recently wrote to the Indian government and called for urgency to rescue an abused elephant named Jeymalyatha.
Since 1975, McCartney and his former wife, Linda Eastman, have been a vegetarian. Later on, they both became animal rights activists. Following the death of Eastman, he did not stop supporting many animal-rights organizations like PETA.
Recently, the icon expressed that he considers India a spiritual place that reveres elephants. He said cruelty towards animals can happen everywhere and it’s important that they give priority addressing issues like this. McCartney wrote:
“I have considered India a spiritual place 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.
That’s why I am confident that action will be taken to send sorely abused elephant Jeymalyatha (Joymala) to a suitable rescue center where she can receive specialized care for her psychological wounds and live unchained and in the company of others of her kind.
“The videos showing Jeymalyatha being controlled with weapons and screaming as various trainers beat her are heartbreaking, but equally as heartbreaking is this social, intelligent animal is still being forced to live in solitary confinement, on concrete, nearly constantly in chains, under the control of those she can only fear. I trust you agree that Jeymalyatha has suffered more than enough and deserves to spend the rest of her time on this Earth away from her abusive trainers, rehabilitating, and with others of her kind. I deeply appreciate your consideration of this urgent matter.”
McCartney said that the elephant’s condition is heartbreaking and requested for an immediate action from the Indian government. On the other hand, PETA also sent a veterinary inspection report to the Indian government, which supported the statement of the icon.