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Animals Asia is calling on our supporters to please help EARS (Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival Foundation) with its campaign to save Sambo, a magnificent Asian elephant, ageing and in urgent medical need, from the streets of Phnom Penh and to effect a ban on all elephants from the city. Please read EARS update on Sambo's desperate situation below.
Download and send your letters now and join the campaign to save Sambo.
Campaign to RETIRE SAMBO and BAN elephants from the city of Phnom Penh
4th November 2011
Sambo is a 51 year old, female elephant, living a solitary life in the city of Phnom Penh for the last 30 years. She walks a 4km round trip from her living area behind a casino to Wat Phnom temple. Sambo stands at the temple up to 9 hours a day, 4 days a week, with a heavy chair on her back and gives rides to tourists. This poor elephant has appalling feet, and limps due to painful abscesses and overgrown toenails that have been neglected due to her owners greed for money.
On Sat 29th October 2011, EARS funded and supported the entire medical examination for Sambo. Her owners were eager for us to examine their elephant due to her foot condition.
Dr Paolo Martelli, DMV (liege), CertZooMed (RCVS), Chief Veterinarian, Ocean Park, Hong Kong, flew to Phnom Penh to issue a full medical report. His Conclusion states that she is painfully lame as a result of pododermatitis, osteitis, ostoelysis, deep sepsis and other lesions. Furthermore, if the lameness is not improved drastically it will lead to degeneration of all joints in all limbs. This will result in an incapacitated animal. The main reason explaining the limb lesions is the lifestyle of the animal which involves walking on hard ground, and walking on hard ground on damaged feet.
SAMBO NEEDS URGENT TREATMENT - Her owners are sadly putting the tourist dollar before their elephant’s health.
EARS will fund the entire medical treatment if this elephant is retired. We are unable to treat her whilst she still walks on hard ground as advised by the vet.
We need YOUR help. We need you to voice your concern by sending letters to the authorities in Cambodia.
Please ‘Print, Sign and Post’ the November 2011 letter politely asking the officials concerned to retire Sambo to a rescue centre or sanctuary, and for a ban on elephants from the city areas so she is not replaced with another elephant.
Please sign your name at the bottom adding your address (optional), and your country.
When writing the envelope, ensure the title, name and address are printed clearly and spelt correctly.