Vegetarian celebrity and animal advocate Paul McCartney Paul McCartney has long campaigned for animal rights - Media Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar / Alamy Stock Photo

Paul McCartney Joins Fight To Rescue Abused Indian Elephant

The Indian elephant, named Jeymalyatha, is reportedly being held captive in a temple

By

2 Minutes Read

Music legend Paul McCartney has come to the aid of an Indian elephant named Jeymalyatha who’s being held captive in a temple in Tamil Nadu.

A viral video showed Jeymalyatha, who is also known as Joymala, screaming in apparent pain while being beaten with weapons. She was chained to the floor, and in one bit of footage, a worker appeared to twist her skin with pliers to control her in front of inspectors. 

McCartney, who has long been passionate about animal rights, wrote a letter to Bhupender Yadav, the Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 

He requested that Jeymalyatha, who PETA says is being kept illegally, be moved to a suitable rescue center. 

In the letter, McCartney wrote: “I am confident that action will be taken to send sorely abused elephant Jeymalyatha (Joymala) to a suitable rescue center where she can receive the specialized care she needs for her psychological wounds, and can live unchained and in the company of others of her kind.”

He also highlighted that female elephants in the wild live in a family herd. He said it was “heartbreaking that this social, intelligent animal is still being forced to live in solitary confinement.”

The fight to rescue Jeymalyatha

According to PETA, Jeymalyatha has been held captive illegally for more than a decade. She is thought to have initially been at the temple on a six-month lease. She was, however, never returned to the Assam Forest Department

Poorva Joshipura, Senior Vice President of International Affairs at PETA India, told Plant Based News: “Paul’s letter brings her one step closer to escaping her hellish life in Tamil Nadu and being transferred to a rescue centre where she can recover from her trauma, receive specialized care, and – instead of leading a lonely life – enjoy the company of other elephants.”

McCartney’s letter followed a plea from PETA India to the Virudhunagar police and Animal Welfare Board of India. A report has allegedly been registered against one of the keepers who was caught beating her. 

Paul McCartney’s animal advocacy

McCartney, known for being part of The Beatles, stopped eating meat in 1975. He made the change after seeing lambs running around a field while eating lamb with his late wife, Linda McCartney. 

Recently, McCartney joined calls urging Starbucks to stop charging extra for dairy-free milk

In a letter to the coffee chain’s CEO Kevin Johnson, McCartney urged him to consider animal welfare and the “future of the planet” and remove the upcharge. 

Millions around the world trust Plant Based News for content about navigating our changing planet & our role in it.

Our independent team of journalists and experts are committed to making an impact through a wide range of content—and you can help by supporting our work today.

heading/author

The Author

Polly Foreman

Polly is the Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. She has been vegan since 2014, and has written extensively on veganism, animal rights, and the environment.

More by Polly Foreman iconography/arrow-right

heading/comments

Leave a Comment

Plant Based News Comment Policy

In short:- If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems. Please read our Comment policy before commenting.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

2 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Carola
Carola
18 days ago

Interesting, you’ll never hear the Pope do what Paul McCartney is doing to fight to help rescue an abused Indian elephant, yet the Pope maintains that humans are “stewards of creation”! And with his position of power, the Pope does nothing! What holy hypocrisy!

Hailey
Hailey
17 days ago

I would really, really love to know how Jeymalyatha is going and what happens with her rescue.

buttons/scroll-to-top/scroll-to-top-small-active
2
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x