Mull’s Han­nah helps to res­cue abused ele­phant

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By David McPhee dm­cphee@oban­times.co.uk

A Mull woman who trapped her­self in a cave to help in the plight of an abused ele­phant in Malaysia has re­ceived some good news – the an­i­mal has been res­cued and moved to the Kuala Gan­dah sanc­tu­ary.

Last year, Han­nah Morris spent a night in MacKin­non’s Cave to raise aware­ness of Lasah’s liv­ing con­di­tions, as well as or­gan­is­ing a peace­ful protest in Lon­don and walk­ing down Glas­gow’s Buchanan Street in noth­ing but a ‘Free Lasah’ ban­ner.

The 37-year-old ele­phant was taken into cap­tiv­ity when he was a baby and was sub­se­quently used in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

More than 400,000 peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion to Free Lasah, in­clud­ing celebri­ties such as Ian Red­mond, Donny Moss, Steven M Wise, Brigitte Bar­dot, Jack­ass’s Steveo and foot­baller Yaya Toure.

Speak­ing af­ter the news, Han­nah said: ‘May this send out the mes­sage that there is no longer any money in poach­ing wildlife for the tourist trade, and that Lasah will pave the way for oth­ers trapped in the in­dus­try.

‘Please tell your friends that if you see a wild an­i­mal in chains, it is abuse and you should never pay for this.’

Han­nah filmed her night in MacKin­non’s Cave, which is the long­est sea cave in the He­brides. The cave be­comes cut off by the tide and is only ac­ces­si­ble be­low half tide via a dif­fi­cult scram­ble across the shore’s boul­ders.

‘I wanted to do this not just for Lasah, but for all the an­i­mals trapped in the tourist in­dus­try, as well as the mil­lions of an­i­mals trapped and used in the farm­ing, fur and beauty in­dus­tries.

‘I am not ask­ing any­one for do­na­tions, just aware­ness and sig­na­tures.

‘It was so dark in the cave I couldn’t see clearly what was be­side or above me as my torches were not pow­er­ful enough and my cam­era flash only fired for a split sec­ond.

‘It wasn’t un­til I got home and dig­i­tally light­ened the pho­tos that I re­alised how amaz­ingly high the cave was.

‘As for sleep­ing in there alone, no, I won’t be do­ing that again.’

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