Stolen from the wild, baby elephants are beaten into human submission to prepare them for the tourism industry.
Elephant tourism is fueling “cruelty” with people wanting selfies riding, washing or hugging elephants. Ignorance, politics, and tribalism have played key roles of abuse in the tourism industry. Elephants have become a symbol of tourism, most notably in Southeast Asia.
There is no such thing as a good elephant ride, a good circus, or good elephant art. It’s all for one reason – profit.
The damage to an elephant begins before anyone climbs onto its weak spine. To capture wild elephants, poachers lure them into a corridor where they fall into a pit often injuring or causing death to an elephant. Poachers kill the protective members of the herd for easier access to the babies. A healthy calf sells for USD $33,000.
Once in captivity, an archaic tradition named the Phajaan is used to ‘break the spirit’ of the calf. Repeatedly burned, beaten and stabbed, calves are deprived of food and sleep for 7 days until their will to live is lost.