Is­lan­der bids to win free­dom for ele­phant Lasah

The Oban Times - - News -

A PHO­TOG­RA­PHER from the Isle of Mull has set out to save an ele­phant in Malya­sia that is liv­ing in dire cir­cum­stances.

Han­nah Mor­ris from Arle, who is known for her ‘trash the dress’ photo shoots, has been us­ing her trips abroad to raise aware­ness of the Asian ele­phant Lasah.

Ms Mor­ris has be­come part of a cam­paign to re­lease Lasah from bondage. She ex­plained: ‘I first met Lasah five years ago.

‘It has been a real strug­gle to get him re­leased from this hell and trans­ferred to an ele­phant sanc­tu­ary.

‘Many Bri­tish tourists don’t think about the life­long mis­ery that some wild an­i­mals have to en­dure for hu­man en­ter­tain­ment.

‘[ This is] Langkawi’s shame – keep­ing wild an­i­mals im­pris­oned such as Lasah the ele­phant and Zanah the tiger at the Ori­en­tal Vil­lage.

‘These an­i­mals are kept in ap­palling con­di­tions for hu­man en­ter­tain­ment.

‘We cur­rently have more than 300,000 sig­na­tures but we still need more.’

Lasah is a 36-year- old ele­phant who has been used in zoos, tourism and en­ter­tain­ment for more than 20 years.

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

Ten years ago, he was sent to Langkawi Ele­phant Ad­ven­tures on the pop­u­lar tourism is­land. There, Lasah is used for ele­phant rides and lives all alone.

To share and sign the pe­ti­tion, go to www.thep­e­ti­tion­ 857/ 496/ 486/ help-free- lasahthe- ele­phant-in-malaysia/.

Lasah is chained up ev­ery night and lives alone, away from other ele­phants.

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