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Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES)


Voice for Asian Elephants Society's mission is to end elephant slavery and protect the endangered Asian elephants that are being captured illegally from the wild.  We will achieve our mission by educating people about the plight of captive elephants, employing strategic actions to rescue them and operating transition homes where they can roam freely until they are relocated into the wild.

VFAES will adhere to core principles grounded in AHIMSA (non-violence) and implement the following actions to accomplish our mission:

  • Cultivate empathy and reverence for these noble animals and create shifts in public perception regarding the use of elephants as entertainment.
  • Empower people with knowledge about elephant science, existing animal welfare laws and the ethical dilemmas of human/elephant relations.  We will use nonconventional means such as films and personal elephant experiences to fulfill these objectives.
  • Create transition homes where rescued elephants can enjoy freedom, respect, and dignity until they are relocated into the wild.

VFAES will utilize as an essential educational tool “Gods in Shackles”, a multiple award-winning and United Nations nominated documentary directed and produced by VFAES President and Founder Sangita Iyer. This film will cultivate empathy and inspire shifts in attitudes as it exposes the truth behind Kerala’s festivals where Asian elephants are tortured and exploited for profit.