Life or Lunch?

eles-1200x699Elephant trekking in Thailand has gained an enormous amount of popularity in the past decade. Offering tourists the chance to see the gorgeous Thai jungle and scenery on the back of an authentic Asian elephant, these programs appear to be the perfect destination for anyone who’s up for an adventure. On the surface, these attractions seem like endless fun for all parties involved, well that is all parties, except for the elephants.

Many people forget that elephants are in fact wild animals who do not “just naturally” carry humans on their backs. In order to get these wild animals to submit to being sat on and directed throughout the forest, they have to be “broken.” This is a cruel process that involves taking elephants away from their mothers at a young age and subjecting them to six months of endless beatings, starvation, and other abuse. When these…

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