Mull protester demands elephant’s release

Lasah protesters at the Malaysian Embassy.

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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 elephant, 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 behind 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 http://www.fotomalaysia.org/?p=1893