Help Free Lasah The Elephant In Malaysia

Lasah is a 37 year old wild born elephant who was captured and taken into captivity when he was a baby, separated from his mum and herd, and who has suffered in zoos, tourism and entertainment for over 25 years.

Lasah has been forced to work in a logging camp, lived in zoos including Singapore Zoo, perform in shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet and used in commercials and the 1999 film Anna and the King.

12 years ago he was sent to the popular Malaysian tourist island, Langkawi and since then has been used by the profit-making Langkawi Elephant Adventures [LEA]. There, Lasah is used for elephant rides and lives all alone, which is devastating for a social animal like elephants. LEA also continues to offer Lasah for other commercial purposes on their website.

In July 2016, activists exposed photos of Lasah chained on all four legs behind public eyes during LEA's closing hours. In March 2017, eight months after the campaign for Lasah started, the Malaysian environment ministry said that Lasah is chained on two feet (when not exploited for tourist money).

Lasah has suffered for too long. This abuse must stop. Sign & share this petition to urge the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (who is also the Langkawi MP) to grant Lasah freedom  and allow him to go to a sanctuary in Cambodia which has offered a permanent home for Lasah. Then click on the link below to know what more you can do to help #FreeLasah.

http://www.fotomalaysia.org/?p=1870

To:


Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Block B8, Prime Minister's Department Complex,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502, Putrajaya,
Malaysia


Dear Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak,


Lasah is a 37 year old wild born elephant who has suffered zoos, tourism and entertainment for over 25 years.


Lasah has been forced to work in a logging camp, lived in zoos including Singapore Zoo, perform in shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet and used in commercials and the 1999 film Anna and the King.


Eleven years ago, he was sent to the popular Malaysian tourist island, Langkawi and since then has been used by the profit-making Langkawi Elephant Adventures [LEA]. There, Lasah is used for elephant rides and lives all alone, which is devastating for a social animal like elephants. LEA also continues to offer Lasah for other commercial purposes on their website.


In July last year, activists exposed photos of Lasah chained on all four legs behind public eyes during LEA's closing hours. In March 2017, eight months after the campaign for Lasah started, the Malaysian environment ministry said that Lasah is chained on two feet (when not exploited for tourist money).


It is disgraceful what this elephant has endured all these years and if Lasah dies at LEA the Malaysian government will be blamed and never forgiven.


It's time the Malaysian government put an end to Lasah's suffering after ignoring his suffering for many years. Over 400,000 supporters around the world have spoken up for Lasah through petitions, public demonstrations, writing to you and social media.


I join FOTO Malaysia and other animal lovers like myself from around the world in asking you to please order the transfer of Lasah to the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary where he will have the companionship of other elephants, space, and care that he deserves for the rest of his life, if he cannot be wild released.

Update #21about a month ago
Dear supporter,

Lasah has been moved out of the Langkawi island where he had been used for tourism for over 10 years. For more information please see an important statement of ours which has just been posted here

Or copy and paste the link below into your web browser to view the statement.

https://www.facebook.com/FreeLasah/posts/1655551791222432
Update #204 months ago
Thank you to supporters who spoke up for Lasah outside the Malaysian embassy in Berlin, Germany recently. You may retweet a photo of the action taken here: http://bit.ly/2HT8PHj

In late March we submitted a proposal to the environment ministry to transfer Lasah to a sanctuary in Cambodia as a sanctuary there kindly offered a permanent home for Lasah. We have given time for the ministry to respond and will follow up this week as we have yet to hear from them.

Thank you.
Update #197 months ago
On 3rd. February, this Saturday, long time Lasah campaign supporter Ms. Julia Savory will ride on a static bike non-stop for 12 hours in her crowdfunding effort to raise funds and awareness in support of the international campaign to #FreeLasah. More details at link below.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/friendsoflasah

Follow Julia's Friends of Lasah page. Updates on the 12 hour non-stop indoor cycle ride will be posted there.

https://www.facebook.com/friendsoflasah/
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