The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant chained and held hostage and held by an angry mog: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage you!


The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant, chained and held hostage by an  angry mob: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage  you

  • In this  shocking expose the Duchess of Cornwall‘s brother reveals how baby elephant Raja  was shockingly mistreated as he was kept captive in Sumatra. Following the  deforestation of the land to produce palm oil, elephants have been forced to  live with humans, destroying farms, flattening houses and sometimes killing  people. Villagers took Raja, and demanded compensation after his family ruined  crops in the area.

                               

By  Mark Shand

PUBLISHED: 21:02 GMT, 29  June 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 2 July 2013

In all the 30 years I have been working in  Asian elephant conservation, I thought I had seen it all – blatant corruption,  the rape and total disregard of our beautiful planet and sickening wildlife  atrocities, to name but a few. All due to the most dangerous animal of all: homo  sapiens.

Not much shocks me any more, but something  happened in recent weeks that shook me to the core when the charity Elephant  Family and the Ecologist Film Unit set out to document the environmental  genocide that is out of control on the island of Sumatra,   Indonesia.

Sumatra is special to me because I spent a  lot of time there on expeditions when I was younger. It was a paradise – vast  pristine forests, intact coral reefs and abundant wildlife.

Scroll down  for Video and photographs (please, go to O-link)

 
Raja is a male baby elephant found in north Aceh, villagers found him roaming community plantation and held him captive

Raja is a male baby elephant found in north Aceh,  villagers found him roaming community plantation and held him captive

 

All this has changed now and their elephants  are the most endangered on the planet. In a single generation, the population  has been cut in half, with countless other animals disappearing at breakneck  speed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351609/The-terrible-fate-Raja-baby-elephant-chained-held-hostage-angry-mob-An-image-haunt-story-enrage-you.html#ixzz2Xu8rXEeg Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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