It all started with a petition...
Proving that change is possible:
Today, I take a moment to again congratulate all the amazing people who fought for Kaavan’s release (this is for you!): the tireless animals rights activists, Dr. Samar Khan who launched a social media campaign and petition to “#FreeKaavan” in 2015, its 400,743 signatories, Faryal and Arslan Gauhart, Kaavan’s legal team Anees Jilani and Owais Awan, Mohebullah Naveed who visited Kaavan every day before going to school, Friends of Islamabad Zoo activists, countless donors and supporters, "EleFriends," those who took the streets protesting his confinement around the globe, the Islamabad High Court and Pakistani Government officials who agreed to Kaavan’s release, and of course, the animal welfare groups FOUR PAWS (Dr. Amir Khalil, Marion Lombard, Dr. Frank Göritz, and their entire team) and Free The Wild Foundation co-founded by #Cher, Gina and Mark Cowne. And here in Cambodia - the amazing people, including Darrick Thomson and Pedro Vella, at Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary who are currently in the final phase of the construction of Kaavan’s jungle enclosure.
Thousands of captive animals remain confined in horrific facilities around the globe - NO MORE EXCUSES - change is possible and critical!
THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING KAAVAN WITH HIS SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE!
With much gratitude,
Video: Maggie Padlewska
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Samar Khan
Music via Creative Commons: "Softest Fabric" and "Migration" by Pictures of the Floating World