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Thailand urges NZ tourists to stay clear of elephant rides due to brutal abuse

New Zealand travelers are being urged to stay clear of elephant riding due to the brutal abuse the animals face in Thailand.


Devdiscourse News Desk 12 Aug 2018, 08:07 PM Thailand
  • Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary for elephants in northern Thailand, which takes in animals that have been forced to work for humans for up to six or seven decades. (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand travelers are being urged to stay clear of elephant riding due to the brutal abuse the animals face in Thailand.

A female elephant will be shot and then its baby is captured," Mr. Manchester says. "That baby is then tortured until it's willing to submit to humans and it's then trained, to do elephant riding."

He was the person who first put elephant riding on Intrepid's regular itinerary but realized his mistake in 2014 and his company banned the rides.

"The evidence is so overwhelming that it had a big impact on all of us who'd taken elephant riding."

He highlighted the fact that research found that out of 114 different locations in Thailand which use animals in tourism, only six of them treated with care.

"Elephants go through an extreme amount of torture, and they're treated really poorly - and it's an inhumane way of treating the elephants,” he further added.

Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary for elephants in northern Thailand, which takes in animals that have been forced to work for humans for up to six or seven decades.

 Mr. Manchester hopes elephant riding would come to an end in the next 10-20 years.


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