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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.  In fulfilling our mission, our team will educate the public about the brutality that captive elephants endure, employ strategic actions to rescue those held in captivity and operate sanctuaries where they can roam freely.

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 sanctuaries where 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 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.

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