Mull pro­tester de­mands the re­lease of cap­tive ele­phant in Malaysia

The Oban Times - - News -

A CAM­PAIGN to have an ele­phant re­leased from chains took its protest to the Malaysian em­bassy in Lon­don last week.

Pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing or­gan­iser and Mull pho­tog­ra­pher Han­nah Mor­ris, wants Lasah, a 37-year- old wild-born ele- phant, freed from four chains that re­stricts the ‘en­ter­tain­ment’ mam­mal’s legs ev­ery time he is not on show.

Han­nah said: ‘ We again raised the sit­u­a­tion about Lasah, the abused Malaysian ele­phant, in Langkawi out­side the Malaysian Em­bassy.

‘AJ Green­way, a YouTube vlog­ger, filmed the event, while Hank Osasuna, a Bri­tish celebrity from the Keith Lemon show, was also protest­ing.

‘Lasah has been forced to work in a log­ging camp, lived in zoos for more than 20 years, per­formed 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 alone, which is dev­as­tat­ing for so­cial an­i­mals like ele­phants. LEA also con­tin­ues to of­fer Lasah for other com­mer­cial pur­poses on its web­site. In July last year, ac­tivists ex­posed pho­tos of Lasah chained on all four legs away from pub­lic eyes dur­ing LEA’s clos­ing hours. Lasah has suf­fered for too long. This abuse must stop.’

Any read­ers want­ing to help Lasah should send emails to www.fo­toma­laysia.org/?p=1893.

The demon­stra­tors, in­clud­ing Han­nah Mor­ris from Mull, took their cause to the Malaysian em­bassy.

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