Note from Jo:
Family and friends - thank you for having a look at my fundraising page, I hope most importantly awareness is reached to as many people as possible.
My reason for fundraising for this cause is after a recent trip to Thailand. I had a horrible experience with an elephant excursion that left me crying and unable to finish what was organized. There were roughly 15 elephants chained, and swaying their heads and trunks sideways non-stop, all day....a sign of depression, mental, physical and emotional abuse. We were seated on top of the elephants back where a Thai trainer sat on the 3-YEAR OLD ELEPAHTS NECK and used his feet on her ears to direct her where to walk. When we were walking downhill she struggled to walk. I began to look at my friend - we were both unsure of how to feel. No doubt, both of us couldn't enjoy anything and were left upset and angry.He had a wooden spear that is used to beat them - thankfully we did not see it being used at the time. Upon learning that all elephants are usually poached or bought at a young age, they are subject to being chained and beaten non-stop by their new owners, as a way of "breaking their spirit" to fall to submission. These animals are highly intelligent, emotional and majestic. They are BEAUTIFUL, and mourn for the family the way we do. We ended our "excursion" short, and used the money we had for the day to buy bananas and feed the elephants.
I wish we did more research prior hand to seeing the elephants in a more natural state such as a sanctuary...neverthless, this brought my attention to an issue that needs to be brought to the governments attention.
No animal deserves to be beaten, mistreated, taken away from their family for human entertainment, especially a circus.
If you do not support this psychotic treatment of elephants, I ask for your help. It is that time of the year for giving and being thankful for what we have - most of us have more than what we need and spend money on materialistic things. Please donate any amount to help change the world, in particular to rescue elephants from an unfair, barbaric life.
Please read below if you are interested in Suzy's story.
Warmest wishes and gratitude for those who support me with this cause!- Jo xo
Wildlife SOS wrote -
There are currently 67 elephants languishing in circuses in India that urgently need to be moved to elephant rehabilitation centers and camps. One of the circus elephants in need of immediate rescue is a female we’ll call Suzy (her name has been changed to protect her identity).
Suzy is blind and is suffering from bad health. She is chained all the time, standing in her own feces. Suzy’s mental and physical health status is very poor due to no regular exercise, no enrichment, and an unbalanced diet with poor nutrition. Although she is suffering, there is no veterinarian to help her.
Wildlife SOS is now ready to take the first steps toward rescuing Suzy and ALL of the remaining circus elephants in India, in partnership with the government.
In the first phase of this campaign we would like to rescue 17 elephants and we estimate it will cost us $1.876 million, or just over $110,000 per elephant. This amount will cover the legal cost, the investigation, the rescue and transport after rescue, and settling them in to our rescue centers.
Our hope is to rescue Suzy, and others like her, starting in 2015.
Please give today to support this monumental effort, so that we can one day say that there are no more elephants suffering in India’s circuses. What a beautiful day that will be.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Wildlife SOS.