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Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES)


Voice for Asian Elephants Society's mission is to abolish elephant slavery, and prevent illegal capture of the endangered Asian elephants from the wild.  We will achieve our mission by educating people about the plight of captive and wild Asian elephants,  and rescuing and rehabilitating the captive ones in elephant havens where they can roam freely.

VFAES will adhere to core principles grounded in AHIMSA (non-violence) and implement these actions to achieve its mission:

  • Through awareness and education, cultivate empathy and reverence for these noble animals and create shifts in public perception regarding the use of elephants in festivals and other forms of entertainment
  • Using non-conventional means such as films and experiential learning, empower people with knowledge and information on elephant science, existing animal welfare laws and ethical dilemmas of captivity
  • Create elephant havens where the rescued elephants can enjoy freedom, respect, and dignity for the rest of their lives

VFAES will utilize as an essential educational tool “Gods in Shackles”, a multiple award-winning and United Nations nominated documentary produced by VFAES President and Founder Sangita Iyer. This epic film will cultivate empathy and foster mind shifts, as it reveals the truth behind the glamorous festivals in which elephants are exploited for profit in the name of culture.