Sometimes it takes a Beatles to free an elephant. The Sun reported that Paul McCartney used his personal sway in freeing an elephant kept caged in the dark for seven years in India. McCartney and fellow activist, actress and former Saturday Night Live alumnus, Pamela Stephenson, succeeded in getting India's forest minister Dr. Patangrao Kadam to free the 11-year-old elephant "Sunder" and sending him off to a wildlife sanctuary.
McCartney had written a heartfelt and angry letter, saying, "I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at a temple and put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way. Enough is enough. Get Sunder out."
PETA spokesperson Mimi Bekhechi issued a statement saying: "We are grateful to the forest minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder."