Suman never got a chance to be a real elephant
. She was born into the notorious Moonlight Circus where elephants like her were forced to do ridiculous tricks to entertain the crowd.
But then, it looked like she was saved. Because of Moonlight's terrible reputation, it was barred from using animals in its performances.
Unfortunately, that isn't where the story gets better. Suman was then sold to a family known for buying, renting and abusing elephants. When she was only 3 years old she was sent to work on a TV show that was so horrific animal rights activists had it shut down.
Now at 6 years old, Suman's fate still is uncertain. According to activists the Khan family — Suman's "owners" plan to train her so she can give rides to tourists. The training process
, known as "phajaan," actually translates to "the crush" during which handlers beat the animal into submission so that it can be docile for the public.
This is not the life that Suman or any other elephant deserves. Please sign the petition and ask Jaipur officials to rescue Suman and end this terrible treatment of Suman and other elephants owned by the Khan family.