Sunday 09 December 2018 | 20

Lechmee is retired with another elephant!

In Europe, in a place protected from the public, Lechmee now enjoys the peace away from the roads. The circus has given way to our pressure. It is a relief for all of us, who have been struggling for years to end the life of dressage and homelessness.

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Some years ago we had searched for Lechmee and discovered that she was finally released from her life of forced labour. She no longer suffers long truck journeys or dressage for shows! The chains on her feet are behind her now. We spoke with the people in the centre who took care of her, they assured us that she would no longer be exhibited in the public eye and that her life would no longer be staged. Lechmee has already made her mark, helped by a younger elephant who welcomed her with great care, and she even begins to lie down to rest her legs, finally! What beautiful news!

After more than 40 years on the roads and circuit, the old elephant captured as a child in her free family in Asia had become blind. And her right front leg, sore with osteoarthritis, disabled her for many years walking and supporting the weight of her body.

This did not prevent the circus Medrano who exploited her to make her parade in the streets. Surrounded by Mina and Kamala, her companions as always, very protective with her as the elephants know how to be, she supported this sad fate, surviving these terrible conditions.

Mina helped her to eat by putting her directly in front of the hay, the only food available; and during the shows, as soon as she let go of Kamala's tail, her trunk beat the air to find her way. Surrounded by darkness and suffering from a bad leg, it had to end.

According to the ministerial decree governing travelling circuses, her case was clear, as an old elephant in poor health, she had to be placed to rest. And since it was not so, it had to be denounced and sanctioned. This is why One Voice chose not only to denounce and raise awareness but also to take concrete action in court to obtain her seizure and her placement into sanctuary. 

Unpublished action for elephants, we had filed an interlocutory release, a procedure usually reserved for humans and seized the general controller for the places of deprivation of liberty. But we had not been heard. We also lodged a complaint for acts of cruelty, enriched by a specific part for bad treatment after the parades. On this occasion we wrote to the Minister of Ecological Transition and Solidarity, and the prosecutor of Epinal to demand their seizure to all three. We had also provided the judiciary with an expert report on their health, advocating Lechmee's retirement.   

What is the point of a rule that is part of a law, if no one condemns those who break it? Despite what the circus trumpets on about, the decision to retire Lechmee is the result of an uninterrupted campaign on all fronts!

From now on, this period of her life is behind her and Lechmee is taking full advantage of the open air, the emerging affection from an elephant who knows her surroundings and accompanies it well. She moves freely, can lie down to rest or take mud baths if the need calls for it. it's a new life for this matriarch. Yes finally.

Our fight for the animals exploited in the circuses continues, to obtain the liberation of all these suffering beings, and their placement into sanctuaries. Mina and Kamala are still locked up and exhibited on the circuit. Our complaint for them is more relevant than ever. For receiving countless acts of cruelty for Lechmee as well, because this release does not erase years of abuse!

You can continue to sign our petition, to release all three, which this too is based on abuse, we have images: electric shocks, blows, there paddock is far too small and without free access to water during a heat wave ...a show that we will not stop as long as this masquerade continues.

Julia Mothé
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Micha died on the 12th November

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vivi | Thursday 13 December 2018

Je soutiens ces éléphants.Je veux leur liberté.

Karine et Philppe | Thursday 13 December 2018

Nous sommes très heureux de savoir enfin Lechmee libre et heureuse d'avoir une retraite paisible en compagnie d'une autre éléphante plus jeune qui l'a accueillie. C'est une excellente nouvelle. Mais le combat est loin d'être terminé, c'est pourquoi, nous continuons à nous mobiliser en signant les pétitions pour que Mina et Kamala puissent aussi retrouver la liberté, car nul n'a le droit d'exploiter ou d'asservir les animaux, ils sont nés pour être libres, dans leur élément naturel. STOP à tous ces exploiteurs qui enfreignent les lois. Le Code Civil stipule pourtant que les animaux sont des êtres vivants dotés de sensibilité. En l'occurrence, tous les cirques qui utilisent les animaux comme des objets ou des clowns, pratiquent la maltraitance et doivent être sévèrement punis. Il existe d'autres alternatives pour divertir les badauds, il suffit simplement de franchir le pas. Les élus politiques qui prétendent s'engager contre la maltraitance animale, ne doivent pas uniquement faire des promesses qui ne verront jamais le jour, mais assumer leurs responsabilités par des actes concrets. La démocratie dans un pays des droits de l'homme, c'est respecter et considérer l'humain mais également les animaux.

Pancakes | Thursday 13 December 2018

Bravo et merci pour l’énorme travail que vous accomplissez pour tous ces êtres sans défense et exploités sans relâche au nom de la cupidité.

Chantal | Thursday 13 December 2018

Heureuse pour Lechmee. Maya n'a pas eu cette chance. Elle a travaillé pendant 40 ans dans un cirque, les dernières années de Maya ont été très dures. Je suis tellement malheureuse que nous avons pas pu sauver Maya. Car notre Maya est morte, le cirque n'a jamais accepté de voir partir cette éléphante.
Reposes en paix Maya, nos pensées vont vers toi.

one voice | Thursday 13 December 2018

bonjour, l'éléphante Maya qui est décédée n'est pas la même que celle que nous avons aidé à sortir du cirque en juillet dernier, et qui est en Italie. Cette éléphante Maya décédée était dans un cirque en Allemagne. Nous sommes bien tristes pour elle aussi, elle a eu une bien triste vie. Nous continuons à nous battre pour toutes les Maya des cirques. Bien cordialement.