Music icon Cher shared her delight after a Pakistani court ordered freedom for a lonely elephant, who had become the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by the US singer.
“We have just heard from Pakistan High Court Kaavan is free,” the singer and animal rights campaigner tweeted Thursday in capital letters, adding a string of emojis and saying she felt “sick”.
“This is one of the greatest moments of my life,” she said.
Outrage over the treatment of Kaavan at the capital’s Islamabad Zoo went global several years ago with a petition garnering over 200,000 signatures after it emerged he was being chained up.
The Islamabad High Court ordered wildlife officials to consult with Sri Lanka, where the Asian elephant came from, to find him a “suitable sanctuary” within 30 days.
“The pain and suffering of Kaavan must come to an end by relocating him to an appropriate elephant sanctuary, in or outside the country”, the court ordered, criticizing the zoo for failing to meet the animal’s needs for the past three decades.