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Chain Free Means Pain Free

Location: Thailand and Nepal

   

CHAIN FREE MEANS PAIN FREE

For Asia's elephants, life in captivity is filled with pain, isolation, and despair.

Day after day, often with no shelter to escape the sun’s burning rays, they stand for long hours, legs shackled together in heavy chains that prevent them from moving more than a few inches in any direction.

Standing in their own waste, their feet become diseased and painful from infected and necrotic tissue. They suffer from crippling arthritis and exhibit abnormal rocking, bobbing, and swaying behaviors. Many die sick and broken.

But life does not have to be this way for Asia’s working elephants.

Change is possible…and it’s on its way in 2014!

In an unprecedented gesture of faith in a US-based nonprofit organization, private NGO’s in Thailand and the Nepalese government recently invited Elephant Aid International (EAI) to create their countries' first-ever chain-free corrals.
 
Chain-free corrals will be built at Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, home to Mosha, and Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, both in Thailand, and at Chitwan National Park, Nepal, where 63 working elephants now live—shackled in chains.

Modeled after our successful pilot projects completed in 2013 in Nepal, this groundbreaking project is deceptively simple, yet amazingly effective. Here’s what it involves: 

IN THAILAND

Step 1: Enclose acres of lush forest habitat including streams and dense trees with chain-free corrals using state-of-the-art, solar-powered electric fencing (harmless to elephants).

Step 2: Release resident elephants from their chains and give them access to natural vegetation for shade, hygienic natural substrate for foot and joint health and fresh water for drinking, bathing and playing.
 
Step 3: Witness their overwhelming joy of moving at will and engaging in natural behavior, such as dusting, foraging, sleeping, bathing, walking and playing!
 
IN NEPAL
 
Step 1: Equip 15 spacious outdoor stables with chain-free corrals using state-of-the-art, solar-powered electric fencing (harmless to elephants).
 
Step 2: Release 63 elephants from their chains (forever) and place them in their respective corrals, which include natural vegetation for shade, hygienic natural substrate for foot and joint health and fresh water for drinking, bathing and playing.
 
Step 3: Witness the amazing transformation of formerly-chained elephants—their overwhelming joy of moving at will and engaging in natural behavior, such as dusting, foraging, sleeping, bathing, walking and playing!
 
Please join us on this journey to change the lives of elephants in Nepal by helping us raise $7,000 for each elephant corral ($441,000 for 63 chain-free corals). Phase One was completed on June 12, 2014 and Phase Two will begin in January 2015. Click here to read more.

BREAK-A-LINK & LET US THANK YOU IN A SPECIAL WAY
 
Every $50 raised will break one painful chain link forever!
Donate $100 or more to our project in Nepal and we'll send you (via email) a beautiful, personalized 8" x 11" certificate commemorating your generosity. Donate in your name or show a friend or loved one how much you care by breaking chain links in their name--a perfect gift!
 
Note: If your donation is in honor of a friend or loved one, please specify his/her name in the "special instructions" box available when making your donation using our online PayPal or credit card payment tools. Click on donation button below.
 
We are in a race against time to raise all funds and complete Phase Two of our project in Nepal before the current chief warden of Chitwan National Park leaves office in 2015. With your generous support, 63 working elephants will finally be chain-free, forever… with many more to follow in the years ahead as a new tradition of compassionate elephant care takes root throughout Nepal and beyond.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Download our Chain Free Means Pain Free brochure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   

 

CHAIN FREE CORRALS IN THE NEWS!

The world is waking up to a new tradition of compassionate elephant care! 

EAI founder and CEO Carol Buckley shares details and answers questions from reporters about EAI's "Chain Free Means Pain Free" initiative at a press conference hosted by Chitwan National Park on April 27, 2014.  Click on the image below to watch as elephants are released from their chains.

 

CAROL'S CORRAL CONSTRUCTION CHRONICLES - 2014

Click here to read Carol's Corral Construction Chronicles--a true story of big-hearted adventure in Nepal.  

As each Phase One chain-free hattisar was completed and each elephant was unshackled, Carol shared photos and stories from the field.

 

JOIN CAROL BUCKLEY IN NEPAL IN 2015 AS A VOLUNTEER!

Click on image below to learn more.

 

         

 

CATCH UP WITH NEWS FROM NEPAL - JUNE 4, 2014

Watch and listen to EAI Founder/CEO Carol Buckley as she speaks to a live global audience on Kantipur TV about Elephant Aid Internationall's work to bring Compassionate Elephant Care to Nepal.

(Click on the image to view the video.)