Raju, ‘The Weeping Elephant’, May Go Back Into Slavery.





 
The Indian elephant that cried after being set free from 50 years in captivity may be put back in irons due to legal action by his former owners, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
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Raju caught the heart of millions when videos of him weeping after being released from the chains he’d worn for five decades went viral.

However, his former captors have launched legal action against Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care centre in India, who freed him. They say that Raju is their property and it is their right to return to have him returned. Wildlife SOS’s Kartick Satyanarayan said he was devastated by the move.
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“We are hoping the courts will see sense that this can never happen as Raju was treated with such appalling cruelty and torture in his hands in the first place and the man claiming ownership of Raju has no legal grounds to claim him back under Indian law,” he told the Daily Mail. Raju is not alone in being the subject of such legal claims. Laxmi, another elephant rescued under similar circumstances, is also facing a challenge to her rescue as well.

As of now, Raju has been moved to an elephant sanctuary with five other female elephants to, hopefully, live the rest of his life in peace.
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Unfortunately, a dark cloud looms in the distance for our beloved Raju.
Raju, who was poached half a century ago when he only a calf, hit world headlines in July when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS workers. He wept when he was released from the chains covered in spikes that had been wrapped around his ankles by his allegedly drug-addicted owners who had been using him to beg.
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Here is a brief video that details Raju’s story of rescue:

 
Funds are needed to form a proper defence for Raju. To donate to Raju’s Appeal see www.wildlifesos.org

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