According to the group, this chaining method isn't only cruel, it also breaks the Malaysian wildlife law.
"This is the worst form of elephant abuse we have had the misfortune to come across," FOTO'S director Upreshpal Singh said. "Lasah is used and abused for tourist money and we were shocked to find him barbarically chained on all four legs when he isn't being exploited. We're inclined to think he's chained in the same manner every night and it's no surprise he is severely underweight."
Advocates for Lasah hope to send him to the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary.
"In this day and age with all the knowledge we have and understanding of animals feelings and physiology, there is absolutely no excuse to treat another living animal in such a cruel and inhumane way," one person who signed the petition wrote. "This must be stopped so that Lasah can live out his final years with dignity and in comfort."