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Breaking the spirit of the Elephant

The five freedoms.

Freedom from hunger or thirst (ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour)

Freedom from discomfort (by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area)

Freedom from pain, injury or disease

Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour (by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind)

Freedom from fear and distress (ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering)


Baby Elephants are taken from the wild to supply the logging trade, temples, and tourist attractions such as Elephant rides, zoos and festivals.

The capture often involves the brutal slaughter of the baby Elephants mother, and other herd members who try to protect the young Elephant.

Breaking the Spirit of the Elephant is carried out in a number of ways, and is called a number of names such as KATTI AZHIKAL / PAJAN / PHAJAAN.

The various methods of KATTI AZHIKAL / PAJAN / PHAJAAN use the principal of depriving the Elephant of the five freedoms.

The Elephant is isolated and tied to prevent movement. KATTI AZHIKAL meaning to tie (Katti) untie (AZHIKAL)

The Elephant is deprived of food and water.

The Elephant is beaten with the Ankush (Bullhook), Spears, Iron Rods, Knives and a range of other weapons.

Once Broken the Elephant is subdued, it is 'trained' using repeated actions inflicting pain and fear, and the deprivation of the five freedoms.

This process is also used with older and mature captured elephants.

Help us Stop the life of Horror Pain and Abuse Captive Elephants have to endure.

 We are working with Goverment Ministers and MPs to help press for change.

A growing number of MPs are helping us, and after lobbying from MPs and others supporting the cause of the Plight of the Asian Elephants,
Mr Modi of India and Mr Cameron of the UK issued a joint statement including the following:

"The two Prime Ministers noted the importance of preserving the environment and sustaining diverse ecosystems, and recognised the rise of international criminal networks engaged in the illegal wildlife trade. They resolved to work together to combat the illegal wildlife trade and to improve protection for both captive and wild Asian elephants. India endorsed the London Declaration and Kasane Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade."

Furthermore the Conservative Party election pledge included the following:

"We will tackle international wildlife trade As hosts of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, we helped secure the adoption of the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade and will continue to lead the world in stopping the poaching that kills thousands of rhinos, elephants and tigers each year. We will oppose any resumption of commercial whaling, and seek further measures at the EU and internationally to end shark-finning. We will promote effective worldwide measures for tuna conservation, press for a total ban on ivory sales, and support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant. "

Please contact your MP with this information and ask them to help us bring change.

You can contact us on 01202 729 888

On the ground people are saving Elephants:

In India help us support Wildlife SOS - helping Elephants

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