In January, real discussions about possibly moving Kaavan took place between Myanmar authorities and organizations in Pakistan, according to Four Paws International, which has been helping Khan and her group to find a spot in an animal sanctuary in Myanmar.
"It is clear the animal suffers in a tiny enclosure in deplorable conditions," Four Paws International told The Dodo in a statement. "Four Paws believes that all animals should be treated with respect and dignity ... Elephants are especially active, highly intelligent and sociable creatures ... [W]e urge the Murghazar Zoo and the Pakistani authorities to raise the standard of care for Kavaan or arrange for the elephant to spend the rest of his life in an accredited elephant sanctuary."
Khan added: "We have a lot of work to do, but it's amazing how one elephant has really helped the nation realize the importance of animal welfare ... Kaavan's campaign has gotten bigger than we ever imagined."