Sir Paul McCartney has written to the Indian government urging officials to step in and save an elephant who is held in chains at a temple.
The Beatles legend was horrified when he heard the plight of Sunder, who has suffered numerous cuts and injuries after being mistreated by his handler and kept in a tiny shed.
The rocker was so moved, he took time out from rehearsals for his performance at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday (27Jul12) to write a letter to Indian Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam demanding action.
In the note, sent via People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, MCCartney writes, "I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at Jyotiba Temple and put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way and enough is enough. I most respectfully call on you... to get Sunder out."