Lasah the 36-year-old Asian elephant was born in the wild in Malaysia, but has suffered his entire life. He has been locked up in various zoos, been forced to act for commercial ads and starred in a feature film.After many years of abuse, he was sent to Langkawi Elephant Adventuresin 2006, where he has been made to give rides to touristsfor the last 10 years.
He is subject to daily abuse, as seen inphotos that show his life unseen by the public,releasedbyFriends of the Orangutan (FOTO) in August. At night, all four of his legs are chained to the ground, preventing him from lying down to rest. This is not only cruel, but also illegal according toMalaysian wildlife law.People are outraged and a petition calling for the end of his abuse has already gained more than 306 000 signatures in two weeks. FOTO wrote:
After years of abuse and exploitation Lasah was sent to Langkawi in March 2006 and has since been forced to give rides for hours in sweltering heat and humidity while at the mercy of his handler.
They are calling for the Malaysian Environmental Minister to prioritise Lasah’s well-being by retiring him to the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary. There, he will not be forced to give rides in extreme heat at the mercy of his handler.
This cruel abuse of an innocent animal for the entertainment of humans needs to be stopped so that Lasah can live out his final years in freedom, roaming the sanctuary and resting whenever he wants to.One person who signed the petition wrote:
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