I was taken to this place in error in January 2018. It was a heartbreaking sight... one that I will never forget. It will haunt me forever.
Video taken by Petitioner: 22nd January 2018
Location: Elephant Village, Molagoda, Sri Lanka
There was nothing more than a parking lot with elephants chained for long periods of time in the heat, waiting for the next tourist to come along. Wounds can clearly be seen. The elephants are fearful of the keepers. Which again was heartbreaking. The elephants are constantly shouted at...it's relentless. They can hardly move without being shouted at and threatened with the bull hook or stick.
Knowing that these elephants live in chains so short they can't move, day after day, night after night, never roaming free is devastating. Despite being told they roam free at night.....I find this highly unlikely! Which again, is heartbreaking.
I saw 4 elephants. They told me they had 7 in total.
You can never unsee such sadness in one's eyes. So I can't stand back and do nothing. I will fight to get this place investigated, the owner investigated, and these beautiful creatures moved to a place where they can actually live and enjoy the rest of their days. Or minimum - to be monitored regularly.
This place is very much off the radar. Only locals will take you here and it doesn't have a website.
This place needs to be brought to light, which is what I'm trying to do.
This place has no connection to the Government-run sanctuary which is a 15 minute drive away.
Please help by signing and sharing this petition to demand that the government investigate this place and free these elephants. We need to help these elephants as a matter of urgency.
Thank you so much ❤