You don't have to be an animal rights activist to be outraged by the emerging story of Raju, an elephant held in chains, beaten, and abused for 50 years. Now, Raju is free from his shackles.

How things like this happen and how they can go on for so long we'll never understand. Cruelty to animals is abhorrent whether it's a pet dog or cat, a horse, or a humongous elephant like Raju.

A daring midnight rescue has freed Raju from the chains that have bound him since his  youth, and now he must go through a difficult recovery process. It's been said that Raju cried with joy after being set free.

For animal lovers, the story of Raju is both heartbreaking and much suffering, but finally relief and rescue comes.