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Saving abused elephants: from Circus to Sanctuary

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BENEFITING: Wildlife SOS

ORGANIZER: Wildlife SOS

EVENT: Macy's Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge

EVENT DATE: Jul 11, 2017

Lavanya Raju

THE STORY:

Lavanya Raju wrote:

Thanks for helping the elephants!  Ever since I visited the Wildlife SOS elephant sanctuary, I've been captivated by these amazing beings - so powerful and so gentle at the same time.  They don't belong in circuses and I want to do everything in my power to help them find sanctuary.


Wildlife SOS wrote -

Behind the bright lights and colorful costumes, the circus hides a devastating secret. Performing elephants, stolen from the wild as babies, and then beaten into submission, stand mournfully swaying with their tightly shackled feet fixed in their own filth. Showtime. The bull-hook scars on their emaciated bodies are hidden beneath garishly coloured costumes and they are lead by fear into the circus ring to perform uncomfortable and dangerous tricks for the amusement of a naive audience. The circus is supposed to be entertaining – but there is nothing funny about pain, there is nothing amusing about cruelty, and there is nothing amazing about an animal being forced to do something for fear of torture. Suffering is no joke. Abuse is not entertainment.  

In 2015, Wildlife SOS launched its circus elephant campaign, with the bold declaration that we would be rescuing every last elephant suffering quietly in India’s circuses.  We’ve already rescued 8 and the current estimate is that there may be another 50 elephants still waiting to be rescued.   Once rescued, the elephants will have the safety, care and protection of the Wildlife SOS sanctuary – and the freedom to be elephants, not entertainers.   Even though illegal, circuses still profit from keeping elephants and we don’t intend to give up until we rescue all of them. We need YOUR help to save the remaining elephants and to help them recover from decades of torture.     


Show your support for Wildlife SOS’ circuses elephant rescues. Let’s make this the greatest show of compassion on earth. 

$1,945

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lisa Larkin

    $25

  • Della Wallace

    $50

  • Claudia Presto

    $25

  • Meg Fiorina

    $50

  • Nandita V Vegesna

    $50

  • anonymous

    $25

  • Carolyn

    $5

  • Arindam Kumar Das

    $150

  • GreenSmartLiving

    $500

  • Jessica H.

    $250

  • Helen/Australia

    $25

  • Dawn Engelhardt

    $25

  • Rick

    $500

  • Rita Herman

     

  • Kiran Modigunta

    $50

  • Traci Wolf

    $15

  • Rihaan

     

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The Team: $174,394 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Wildlife SOS

Amount Raised

$114,629

 

57% Raised of$200,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kartick Satyanarayan

Amount Raised

$39,124

Fundraiser Title

Geeta Seshamani

Amount Raised

$2,080

Fundraiser Title

Lavanya Raju

Amount Raised

$1,945

Fundraiser Title

Greta Palmer

Amount Raised

$1,591

 

91% Raised of$1,750 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Four Eyes Club

Amount Raised

$1,540

Fundraiser Title

Harendra Singh

Amount Raised

$1,495

Fundraiser Title

Help An Elephant

Amount Raised

$1,125

 

225% Raised of$500 Goal

Donor Comments

Rihaan

Rihaan

2 years ago

Traci Wolf

Traci Wolf

DONATION: $15

Save the eles. 2 years ago

Kiran Modigunta

Kiran Modigunta

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Rita Herman

Rita Herman

Thanks to the Wildlife SOS team for your dedication and hard work. 2 years ago

Rick

Rick

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Dawn Engelhardt

Dawn Engelhardt

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Helen/Australia

Helen/Australia

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Jessica H.

Jessica H.

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

GreenSmartLiving

GreenSmartLiving

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Arindam Kumar Das

Arindam Kumar Das

DONATION: $150

2 years ago