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.
Based on the overwhelming success of our pilot projects completed earlier this year in Nepal, this groundbreaking project is deceptively simple, yet amazingly effective. Here’s what it involves:
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!
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).
We are in a race against time to raise all funds and complete 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.