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Published: December 25th 2007
Interacting with a Baby
While this was still at one of the elephant camps, isn't this more of a quality experience than seeing a whole bunch of elephants doing tricks? I think so. I believe that tourists would still pay to visit elephants even without them needing to perform for us, especially if tourists were able to interact with them or just see them enjoying their lives.
The following pictures will speak for themselves. It is difficult for me not to see these photos with new eyes, even though I very much enjoyed my past experiences with the elephants, and sharing this special time with my husband and step-daughter. But now... there is little I can say to express my sadness for the many elephants I saw, ones that performed for my pleasure and money. At what emotional and physical toll did learning these tricks cost these beautiful elephants? How much time did they spend in chains, being poked or hit by the metal tool of their mahout? It is my hope that I will portray a thought-provoking glimpse into the life of elephants that earn their keep through performing or giving elephant rides to tourists. I was often told by the staff at the different elephant camps I visited in Thailand, as well as in Nepal and Bali, that this is the best life that can be given to a domesticated elephant in Asia. I will explore and challenge this premise through the following entries, just as I was inspired on an emotional and heart-felt level to reflect on my own contribution to the suffering of the
Elephant were once used for logging
In Elephant Camps, they demonstrate this skill for tourists. An elephant is strong in their pulling power, the concern is how the mahout (elephant caregiver) uses his metal tool (ankur) on the elephant. It is also of concern on how the harnesses rub on the elephant that can contribute to skin abrasions.
animals. I will share what I have been learning about the life of elephants and other animals living in captivity, gradually introducing information about the growing number of sanctuaries that can offer a better quality of life for the animals that bless our planet.
Also please refer to my website @ www.animaldreamers.org
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