Indian elephant being abused despite pleas by Paul McCartney: PETA
An elephant is photographed on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Portland, Ore. (AP / The Columbian, Stover E. Harger III)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 7:10AM EDT
NEW DELHI - An animal rights group says a 14-year-old elephant is still being abused despite a 2012 appeal by former Beatle Paul McCartney.
The Indian government had ordered the elephant, named Sunder, returned to the wild after McCartney highlighted its plight during a 2012 trip to India.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says a local politician instead took Sunder home and shackled him outside a poultry shed. The group released a video that it said showed Sunder in December, writhing in pain and struggling to stand as a handler struck him with a pole.
Calls to the local politician were not immediately returned.