Ever been to the circus? Or ridden an elephant at a zoo, overseas, or at any tourist attraction for humans? Then there’s something you should know:
Elephant spines CANNOT carry humans, and ALL elephants used for human entertainment are abused, mistreated, or tortured.
During my visit to Thailand, I volunteered with rescue elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. It was there where I learned about a very cruel practice called Phajaan, or “the crush:”
In order to “break their spirits,” baby elephants (after being forcefully separated from their mothers) are chained to a confined space where they are beaten with clubs, sharp bull-hooks, and starved and sleep-deprived for several days. When they grow up, they are then exploited for tourist attractions like elephant riding or circuses. They live in fear (the trainers carry bull-hooks in case they disobey) and suffer from pain and injury.
Please be a responsible tourist and vow never to ride an elephant, or patron any other animal attraction at home or overseas!