Animal cruelty is becoming a really big problem for many. Presently, there appears to be an violent onslaught against animals.
“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”
Every year millions of tourists flock to Thailand to enjoy its tropical beaches, decadent royal palaces and ornate temples.
Outside of the cities you will find beautiful forests with tour guides ready and waiting to show you around. A lot of these guides ensure you’re as comfortable as possible by offering elephant rides.
For tourists this is a chance to do something different, a picture-perfect moment to remember forever. But what many tourists don’t realize is what this elephant has to endure being part of the tourist industry.
Now there are reports of a baby elephant collapsing in Thailand from exhaustion. It was tied to its mother who was giving rides to tourists in Pattaya, Thailand.
There were around 100,000 captive elephants in Thailand in the early 20th century, according to Eco-Business. In 2007 there were just 3,456, and today they are an endangered species.
The incident involving the 1-year-old calf who was tied to its mother’s neck with a rope, happened at the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens in eastern Thailand.
‘Baby elephant was so exhausted’
However, a tourist who refused to be named, said: “There are many more baby elephants tied with their mother walking around with tourists at their backs enjoying under the heat of the sun while these elephants are suffering.”
The tourist, a Filipino migrant worker who works as a teacher in Myanmar, was on a holiday with friends in Pattaya. “This one baby elephant was so exhausted, and you can see the mother comforting and encouraging her to stand,” she said.
A spokesperson of the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens insisted that the elephants were all treated well.
“All of the elephants are healthy and treated very well. If there is a problem they are treated by vets. All of the babies here are healthy,” he said.
Tourist rides are a nightmare for elephants.
Riding an elephant might be a great experience for tourists but for the elephant it’s a nightmare.
“Tourists may think activities like riding an elephant do no harm,” Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, from World Animal Protection noted.
“But the brutal truth is that breaking these animals’ spirits to the point that they allow humans to interact with them involves cruelty at every turn,” he said.
“The elephants give rides and perform tricks without harming people only because they’ve been ‘broken’ as babies and taught to fear the bullhook,” said an investigation on National Geographic.