30 elephants are now chain-free...forever
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Carol Buckley, Elephant Aid International (EAI)
June 2014

Both elephants were captive-born at the government breeding center. They are the 29th and 30th elephants to be freed from a life confined to chains. Watching them scurry off into the jungle, I felt the same overwhelming joy, relief and peace I have felt with each and every release leading up to this momentous day.

Our 13th and final Phase One chain-free hattisar (elephant facility) has been completed.

Thanks to your support, 13 hattisars housing 30 elephants throughout Chitwan National Park, Nepal, are now equipped with 31 solar-powered, chain-free corrals.

That means 30 elephants are now chain-free...forever!

Our success proves the old adage: Where there is a will--and like minds--there is a way!

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This unprecedented project demonstrates that change is possible in a brief but very busy period of time.

In four short months, Chief Conservation Officer Kamal Jung Kunwar, technicians at IBEX-India and EAI have literally changed a longstanding tradition of pain and suffering for the working elephants of Chitwan National Park.

This is the paradigm shift anticipated in EAI's mission.

The successful completion of the first phase of our "Chain Free Means Pain Free" project is an important milestone in our efforts to change Asia's elephant-keeping culture.

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The young mahouts I have worked with since February are a new generation of elephant keepers. They stand at the threshold of a hope-filled era of compassionate elephant care that will spread throughout Asia...one hattisar at a time, one elephant at a time.

Earlier today, two more elephants--Paras Gaj and Loktantra Kal--were unshackled.

Both elephants were captive-born at the government breeding center. They are the 29th and 30th elephants to be freed from a life confined to chains.

Watching them scurry off into the jungle, I felt the same overwhelming joy, relief and peace I have felt with each and every release leading up to this momentous day.

Please join all of us here at EAI as we celebrate this heart-warming moment, and help us prepare for Phase Two of our "Chain Free Means Pain Free" project, which will begin in January 2015.

With your ongoing financial support, we can keep the forward momentum going strong, building more chain-free corrals to free another 33 elephants from a life in chains.


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