You scream for your mother, but no one comes. You long for the blue sky, but only gray can be found. You desperately search for light, but black clouds devour the sun. You lie in your own waste begging for coins as people stroll by, cackling as you writhe in pain. You long to graze on the green grass, but your handlers shove plastic and paper down your throat. You long to roam the spacious grasslands of India, but you are shackled to a post.
Anger churns inside your mind until you feel like lashing out, destroying the humans hopelessly blind to your pain. Suffering is not merely being “subjected to something bad or unpleasant,” as the Oxford dictionary vaguely states. Suffering is enduring a living hell, not slight discomforts. But people think only of themselves. While they complain about the most stupid and petty of things, you are dying in a living hell, but they don't care. They never have.
During World War II, some 200 years later, things hadn't changed much in the world. Hitler paraded around Europe capturing Jews, sending them to concentration camps where they were trapped between barbed fences, crying as their loved ones were executed. But no matter. Germany was suffering from depression and lack of living space, all because of the Jews! Those heathens probably deserved it anyway.
Realizing all the suffering, all the bitter suffering, had finally come to an end, a shiver ran down your spine and you cried. You cried, Raju. You cried an elephant's tear, laden with all the suffering and pain building and building all those dreadful years, just waiting to come out. Now you are finally free. Your tears have awoken the world, Raju. We are realizing that animals, just like us, feel emotions and therefore endure suffering. How is it acceptable, then, to torture them, imprison them, and neglect them?
Suffering transcends ourselves, our families and friends, our nations, our races, and our species. It is time to break the inaccurate definition of suffering. When we toss it around, we do not think of an animal as sentient and intelligent like Raju, but of a human being tortured in prison. But what is the difference? Elephants have larger brains than humans and better memory capabilities, meaning that Raju remembers the traumatic moments of his capture and his mother (Allman Lab Research). He endured pain, agony, anger, abuse, hate, solitude, and rage for over 50 years. But now he is free. His suffering will not, and has not, gone in vain.