OCT 2012 LATEST - "ALSO ELEPHANTS ARE POISONED
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THAILAND - BABY ELEPHANT IS TORTURED
FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT
Elephants that ''work'' in Thailand and other tourist destinations have to go through a ritual called phajaan, or “crush”
Elephants that ''work'' in Thailand and other tourist destinations have to go through a ritual called phajaan, or “crush”. It begins with the baby elephants (usually three to four years old) being taken from their mothers and placed in a small, wooden pen.
To get them securely in the pen, these babies are beaten with bamboo, sticks with nails attached to the tip and bull hooks.
Once in place, the crush lasts for roughly a week. During this time, they are beaten, bludgeoned, have hooks attached to their sensitive ears, and are deprived of food and water as well as sleep, all in the name of breaking ties with their mothers and becoming domesticated. While in the crush, through the infliction of pain, they learn how to accept riders, do circus tricks and paint. This is designed to break the animal's spirit which it certainly achieves, often taking its sanity too.
Used for centuries to domesticate wild elephants, this torture training method is still accepted as the only viable training method for elephant handlers and is used in almost every elephant attraction in Thailand.
And, once they have their souls stomped out, they are simply vessels entertaining people. They are chained. They don’t eat enough.
Like humans, elephants have the capability to form relationships and have emotions. But, not the elephants working for the tourists.
People who visit Thailand — and other countries with elephant tourism — don’t realize the damage they cause these elephants when they support trekking camps, go to circuses or buy the paintings done by these creatures. Without knowing, they send a clear message to the elephant tourism industry that shows they support the torture these animals go through early in their life, as well as the horrific conditions they live in as cogs in the tourism wheel. Please never support this horrible practice, never ride an elephant.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS WE CAN DO TO HELP TO STOP THEIR SUFFERING.
-First and foremost we need to spread the word and educate people on what is really happening behind the scenes and what they're supporting when they choose to pay for an elephant ride or go to circuses where elephants are performing, and encourage everyone planning to travel to Thailand to participate in ethical and responsible tourism and not contribute to this part of the industry.
- Please also send an email (sample provided by PETA below) to:
The Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra: firstname.lastname@example.org (the Secretariat to the Cabinet)
The Minister of Commerce: email@example.com
The Public Relations Depertment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: email@example.com
I am writing to express my concern that thousands of elephants are still being tormented and forced to entertain tourists on the streets of your country. As you know, the vast majority of Asian elephants in Thailand are used as tourist attractions in elephant camps, where they are forced to perform circus tricks and give rides. Their "training" consists of systematic torture, which begins when still-nursing baby elephants are dragged from their mothers, kicking and screaming. They are immobilized, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with nails for days at a time. These ritualized "training" sessions leave the baby elephants severely injured, traumatized, or even dead.
The barbaric practices of training elephants to entertain tourists and the government's hesitation to do anything about it tarnish Thailand's worldly reputation. I hope you will take action on this important issue and immediately enact laws that prevent this cruel and disgraceful practice.
- Please also take a minute to sign the letter to the prime minister of Thailand here:
-Third, we can show our support for the organizations working to end this practice by making a generous donation or whatever you can afford.
Please visit the links below to help:
-Or if you're lucky enough to be able to do it, you could also volunteer to help these animals by clicking on the following link http://www.globalteer.org/projects/thailand-elephant-project.html
You could also send an email to your places like this - http://www.chiangdaoelephantcamp.com/ - and let them know how you feel about the training methods used and making it clear that you wont be supporting this cruel practice
Urge Thailand to Stop Elephant Torture! PETA : link
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