At first glance one may think this, however the sign that is in front of it is telling... it encourages us to imagine training an elephant to ride it. This is a another important topic to consider when we view elephants doing tricks and living their lives as performers in circuses (and in some zoos- some are still expected to do tricks for visitors, as was true at the Oregon Zoo. I witnessed an elephant trainer commanding the big bull elephant Tusko to do a series of tricks, including standing on his head- which he did). The training that elephants (especially young elephants that are energetic and full of life) have to go through would break most of our hearts if we were to know what they have had to go through. If you are truly interested in knowing, please do a little reading on a long standing tradition in Asia called the "crushing ritual"... which basically consists of placing the young elephant in a crate, and inflicting pain upon them until their spirit is broken, aka "crushed." Many believe that harsh training techniques are necessary to control an animal larger than ourselves. However, there has been plenty of success with elephants using positive reinforcement techniques, showing that many of these past training methods are outdated. The consequences of a life filled with fear of punishment, a life in chains or captivity, having to live a life of submission, and isolation from the elephant's original family and preferred social groups are emotionally and psychologically damaging to the elephants we come to visit. Each elephant and animal we see has a past life history that has brought them in front of us. Please pause for just a few moments to consider this.
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This blog shares travel stories, writing, and narrations about spirituality and opening the heart to life. It includes some details from my three trips to India (in 2005, 2006, and 2008), other travels, organizations that are helping elephants (and the Dancing Bears), and even shares the secret of "How to Find Yourself" in India.
Cathy Rosewell Jonas:
As a fellow traveler on the spiritual journey, I am sharing what I have learned about opening the heart to life.
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