Kaavan is 32 years old, but the Asian elephant knows nothing about what it means to live on the outside world. He’s spent his entire life in a miserable enclosure at Murghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, and 28 of those years were spent locked up in chains. But thanks to a petition started last year, Kaavan is finally going to walk free.


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The movement was started by Samar Khan, who became aware of Kaavan’s plight while visiting her family in Pakistan from her home in California last summer. She launched a petition on Change.org and her cause quickly escalated as people around the world became aware of Kaavan’s plight. In response to increasing pressure, in September 2015 zookeepers agreed to unshackle Kaavan and allow him to walk around his enclosure. It was a (physical) step closer to freedom but there was still a long way to go. But Kaavan’s struggle finally came to an end recently when the Free Kaavan team and the Help Welfare Organization presented Kaavan’s case before the Pakistan senate. The senate agreed with their arguments and decreed that Kaavan be moved to a sanctuary!

“Best update so far!” reads a post on the Free Kaavan the Elephant Facebook page. “After three decades of chains and neglect the standing senate chairman has approved our elephant Kaavan to be sent to sanctuary!”

More info: Facebook (h/t: thedodo)

Kaavan the elephant has spent his whole life on his own at Murghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan

The elephant is 32 years old, and for 28 years he was kept in chains

Samar Khan noticed his plight when she traveled from the US to visit her family in Pakistan last year

When she came home she started a petition on change.org calling for Kaavan’s release

Zookeepers finally agreed in September 2015 to release Kaavan from his chains and let him walk around his enclosure

But Samar and the Free Kaavan Team kept fighting for his freedom

Over 400,000 people signed the petition to have Kaavan moved to a sanctuary

Recently the Free Kaavan Team presented their arguments to the Pakistan senate

And the senate agreed that Kaavan should be released!

“After three decades of chains and neglect the standing senate chairman has approved our elephant Kaavan to be sent to sanctuary!” wrote the team on FB

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