Petition: Stop using baby elephants in bars and hotels and beaches in Thailand

Stop using baby elephants in bars and hotels and beaches in Thailand



we’ve got 6,824 supporters, help us get to 7,000

Asian elephants are an endangered species. Experts believe there are now less than 2000 wild elephants living in Thailand. The population is declining at a rapid rate due to loss of habitat.

Illegal capture and trade for use in the tourism industry is also a big problem.

This industry thrives because foreign visitors all want to ride elephants, or watch them do tricks, paying good money for the privilege.

But the fact is that wild elephants need to be tamed before they can be ridden. Except the taming process in Southeast Asia is not the same as with a wild horse. It’s much more brutal, and is accomplished when the elephants are very young.
Wild elephants won’t let humans ride on top of them. So in order to tame a wild elephant, it is tortured as a baby to completely break its spirit. The process is called Phajaan, or “the crush”.

It involves ripping baby elephants away from their mothers and confining them in a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground where they’re unable to move.

The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days.

Did you know that riding elephants can actually cause serious long-term harm too? Their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. I know it’s hard to believe given their size, but Zebras are the same way.

6 thoughts on “Petition: Stop using baby elephants in bars and hotels and beaches in Thailand

  1. What goofballs. Judging by the pasty white flesh that hasn’t seen the light of day in God knows when, are Americans contributing to this kind of animal abuse too? Poor elephants, having to cart American overweight asses on their backs too. How disgusting. I don’t doubt that it would be harmful to an animal’s spine to cart us around. Contrary to our own grandiose opinions of our place in the universe, elephants, zebras and others were not built for the sole reason of carting our asses around, or doing work for us. They have to be turned into slaves for that.

  2. Signed. More evidence of the thoughtlessness and witlessness of H. sapens. The only way I can think of that we got that classification (sapiens = wise) is that irony hadn’t died yet.

  3. This horrendous photo of that poor little elephant should break anyone’s heart, as those human idiots ride on her broken body. But, drunken entertainment is the norm, with little or no thought for that enslaved, tortured baby. There is so much thoughtless suffering perpetrated on animals–but this is one that must be stopped, now. I have signed. Where are the “caring people” in that photo, who might have raised a protest, at the very least?

  4. Pingback: Petition: Stop using baby elephants in bars and hotels and beaches in Thailand | Making Waves Outreach ⚘ Flyers For Animal Rights

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