| April 30, 2019

When I visited Thailand with my children I decided to experience the joy of being with an elephant but from another perspective, without the need of riding it.. We visited instead a Sanctuary where they took care of elephants that had suffered enormously in the entertainment business. Our experience was simply wonderful! We took a bath with them in the river, clean them and gave them something to eat, that was an educative way to teach them the reality of the elephants in Thailand.

Millions of people want selfies riding elephants. But according to a study carried out by World Animal Protection (WAP) across Asia this is helping to fuel a rise in elephants captured from the wild and kept for entertainment. The number in Thailand has increased by almost a third over the last five years.

WAP researchers assessed almost 3,000 elephants and found that more than three quarters were living in “severely cruel” conditions.The research found that 40% of tourists of the top nationalities visiting said they had been or were planning to ride an elephant, so captive elephants in Thailand gave rides to almost 13 million people last year. … Asian elephants are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Elephant tourism is ‘fuelling cruelty’ – BBC News – BBC.com

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