Pakistani Elephant Kaavan released after 35 years!

Pakistani elephant Kaavan is set to be released after 35 years of captivity. Kaavan has been in captivity for nearly 3 decades. Many animal rights activists claimed that he was being mistreated by the administration.

Initially, Kaavan was gifted by the government of Sri Lanka in 1985. This is also the year when Kaavan was born. He was gifted as a gesture of positivity and peace among both countries. Furthermore, the gesture was appreciated by many government officials at that time.

This photograph taken on June 30, 2016, shows Pakistani elephant Kaavan next to a moat at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan is suffering from “mental illness”, experts told AFP, saying that without a better habitat his future is bleak even if a long-promised new mate finally arrives. The 32-year-old Asian elephant has been the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by US singer Cher, who voiced outrage after it emerged Kaavan was being chained at the Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan’s leafy capital. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Pakistan-wildlife-elephant, FOCUS by Nasir JAFFRY

A companion named Saheli was brought from Bangladesh which remained with him for most of his life.

He has been a part of Islamabad Capital’s zoo for an extended period of time where he used to stay with his companion. The companion died of medical complications earlier in 2012. After his companion’s death, Kaavan has not been flourishing. Management and activists have equally spoken for Kaavan’s health and mismanagement.

Furthermore, it is said that Kaavan was expressing signs of mental illness and discomfort for many years.

Amidst this situation, the authorities have decided to set Kaavan free in a sanctuary. The sanctuary is located in Combodia. In addition, this sanctuary houses many elephants like Kaavan where he will not feel alone.

Many mainstream celebrities raised their voices for Kaavan. Quite notably, singer Cher advocated for Kaavan’s release. After the decision, celebrities cheered the verdict and showed their happiness and satisfaction.

Moreover, Government minister Malik Amin Aslam stated that the authorities would “free this elephant with a kind heart, and will ensure that he lives a happy life”.

Along with this court ruling, there is also a verdict to relocate various species of animals until the zoo improves its standards in accordance with the laws and animal rights.

Needless to say, it is a remarkably positive decision on judiciary’s behalf.

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