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.

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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.

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Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants

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Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants

Top Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants

  • list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants. Their advocacy for elephants in zoos has called attention to the suffering many of these magnificent creatures endure.

Zoos were rated in three categories: lack of space for elephants to roam, unsuitably cold climates and unnatural living conditions.

“IDA’s Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list illustrates the many serious problems that condemn elephants to lives of misery in zoos,” said IDA Elephant Campaign Director Catherine Doyle. “These include abnormal repetitive behaviors, hyper-aggression, social isolation, and deadly conditions such as foot and joint disease caused by lack of space and movement.”

“Scientific research has shown us what elephants need: the space to walk miles every day, large families with whom to spend their lives, and rich natural environments,” said Doyle. “Caging elephants in zoo displays is not humane and it is not conservation.”

As a result of IDA’s advocacy the Association of Zoos and Aquariums have established new policies for the treatment of elephants and the closing of elephant displays at Central Florida Zoo and Southwick’s Zoo in Massachusetts.

IDA’s 2011 Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants List:

1. Edmonton Valley Zoo (Alberta, Canada)

Lucy, the Asian elephant who has been at the center of protests to set her free and a lawsuit that may end up in front of the Supreme Court in Canada lives alone in a small habitat in one of the most “inhospitable climates imaginable for an elephant.” This is the second year Edmonton Valley Zoo has appeared on the list.

2. Reid Park Zoo (Tucson, Arizona)

Connie and Shaba are two elephants at the zoo that have a 30 year bond, but Reid Park Zoo will soon separate the two because Connie, who is an Asian elephant doesn’t fit into their new African-themed attraction.

3. Button Park Zoo (Massachusetts)

This zoo called off a multi-million dollar expansion to their elephant display, but Emily and Ruth continue to “languish in their small, outdated exhibit.” They spend at least 15 hours indoors each night and show abnormal behaviors that include rocking and swaying. Last year Emily bit off six inches of Ruth’s tail.

4. Topeka Zoo (Kansas)

Topeka Zoo is facing charges by the USDA for violations to the Animal Welfare Act. The zoo director has made some improvements, but he cannot change the cold climate in Kansas that is not suitable for the elephants. Tembo and Sunda stand on cold concrete floors all winter in a concrete barn. They suffer from foot disease and neurotic behavior.

5. Niabi Zoo (Coal Valley, Illinois)

Elephants Babe and Sophie have a history of chronic foot infections and one of them tested positive for tuberculosis. The zoo is trying to raise $4 million for a new exhibit, but the elephants would still be based in a climate that has freezing winters.

6. St. Louis Zoo (Missouri)

Since appearing on the list last year, two calves born at the zoo were infected with a deadly elephant virus and an adult suffered a miscarriage. St. Louis Zoo has a history of chronic foot disease and due to cold winters the elephants are forced to spend long periods of time indoors stalls.

7. Little Rock Zoo (Arkansas)

When an elephant died last year, IDA urged the zoo to close its exhibit instead of getting a new buddy for remaining Ellen. Little Rock did not listen to professionals and purchased two elephants that were retiring from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The elephants were not compatible and Ellen died less than a month after the new elephants’ arrival.

8. Columbus Zoo (Ohio)

Columbus Zoo made a critical error last year when they shipped a seven-year-old male named Bodhi to the Denver Zoo instead of letting him stay with his mother. Elephants live with their mother until they are teens. The move was unnatural and stressful for Bodhi.

9. Wildlife Safari (Winston, Oregon)

This zoo made the list for turning its elephants, Alice and George into an “elephant car wash.” Visitors to the park were able to pay to have the elephants spray water onto their vehicles and wipe down the cars with sponges. The elephants were controlled with steel bullhooks throughout the performances.

10. Honolulu Zoo (Hawaii)

Honolulu recently finished a $12 million elephant exhibit that is “so small it’s already out of date.” Two female elephants have less than an acre of space to roam. The zoo also plans to acquire a bull elephant and introduce an artificial insemination breeding program even though one of the elephants is beyond the natural age for conceiving. The zoo director disputed Honolulu’s number 10 spot. Director Manuel Mollinedo said, “Elephants Mari and Vaigai are happy in their new home and that their muscle tone has improved.”

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Two Worlds of Circus: Glimpse on one, Horror on the other

Ringling Brothers: The Saddest Show on Earth
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Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus is coming to Washington State with animals, entertainment, and a record of animal abuse and neglect. When entertainment is placed center stage and ethics are “secondary,” the animals are always the ones who suffer. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey has a long history of animal mistreatment, but you can help put this three-ring abuse to an end.

Is this really entertaining?
Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus boast entertainment that includes awesome elephants, beautiful big cats, gorgeous horses, and elegant exotics – but at what cost to the animals? Ringling’s website notes that “Davinci performs with a feathered flock of eight rare and colorful birds including African Greys, Cockatoos, and Macaws,” and that the “winged performers take flights of fantasy around the arena.” The website further states, “Most impressive of all, watch our treasured Asian elephants just a few feet away from your seat.”

Several undercover investigations have found that trainers beat these “treasured” members of the circus – and there is ample video footage to corroborate these reports. If members of Ringling Brothers beat their “treasured” elephants, we shudder to think about how they treat the other members of their circus. And when the elephants don’t comply with the trainers’ requests immediately, bull hooks are placed in their sensitive skin, where they are yanked and compelled to move. These animals exhibit multiple stereotypies, which are repetitious, potentially self-soothing stereotypical behaviors indicative of extreme stress. Stereotypies are often the artifact of captivity and commonly seen stereotypies include swaying and foot banging.

At Pasado’s Safe Haven, we advocate for all animals, condoning kindness, compassion, and accountability for all people and organizations that work with animals. When an organization has consistently treated their animals with blatant disregard and neglect, failing to meet even minimum standards of care, Pasado’s takes notice – and we hope that you do, too.

In September, the Ringling Brothers Circus has numerous venues in Washington State. They will be bringing along numerous animals, entertainment, and a questionable ethical history. What is considered by some to be wonderful family entertainment is in actuality an abusive and neglectful situation for its animal participants. The Ringling Brothers Circus isn’t just a venue of entertainment – it’s also an organization that has a long history of animal mistreatment.

According to PETA, the Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus beats, pokes, prods, and jabs their elephants with sharp hooks, often until they are bloody. Circus workers attempt to break the spirit of the elephants when they are still vulnerable babies, unable to resist and without their mothers’ loving protection. Ringling Brothers Circus trainers force the baby elephants to learn tricks in a cruel and inhumane manner – not with the purported reward system that they claim to use. And now this abusive company who capitalizes on cruelty for the sake of entertainment is coming to Washington State.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus travel more than 25,000 miles over the course of 11 months each year. According to Ringling’s own records, elephants are chained for more than 26 hours straight and are sometimes chained for as many as 60 to 100 hours. Other animals fare no better. In July of 2004, a young lion named Clyde died when he was traveling with Ringling. Clyde was in a poorly ventilated boxcar while the circus crossed the Mojave Desert. Temperatures exceeded 100 degree Fahrenheit and Clyde likely died from heatstroke and dehydration: a prolonged, excruciating way to die. Prior to Clyde’s death, two tigers from Ringling injured themselves when they attempted to escape from their cages in their overheated boxcar.

Circuses do not have to exploit animals, however: animal-free circuses are growing in popularity, and these humane alternatives provide equal and ethical entertainment value for circus patrons. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus offers a vaudeville-like show that performs at festivals and offers workshops and exhibitions. Circus Center provides an exquisitely choreographed performance, incorporating acrobatics, aerial work, and dance. Circus Center also provides scholarships to low-income children to attend its annual circus camp, distributing free tickets to nonprofit organizations. Circus Finelli provides a slapstick cabaret routine and Circus of the Kids is all about children: all of their performers are children, and the circus allows the children to become the stars of the show. Cirque du Soleil is a stunning show of athleticism and has won more than 100 awards and distinctions for the originality of its performances. Imperial Circus of China is another award-winning ethical alternative and it has played an important role in cultural exchanges between China and other nations.

Let Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey know that you do not condone the unethical treatment of animals. Entertainment does not have to come at the cost of animal welfare, and numerous circuses have found ethical and entertaining alternatives. Join Pasado’s Safe Haven in protesting Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ presence in the Pacific Northwest. NARN is hosting several protests against the circus and encourages concerned citizens to join the protest.

Entertainment should never have to compromise a living being’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of readers like you, Pasado’s will strive to help those who would otherwise fall through the cracks – acting as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Thank you – from all of the animals here at Pasado’s Safe Haven and beyond.

Source: Pasado`s Safe Haven and PETA