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Elephant sanctuary - yes or no

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Elephant sanctuary - yes or no

Will be visiting in December with 7 year old. Am looking at elephant sanctuary to feed and bathe elephants, are these places good to visit? Are the elephants treated well?

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Duplicate post!

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2. Re: Elephant sanctuary - yes or no

I personally have no real issues with an elephant sanctuary. I know that when elephants run wild they get killed or injured by speeding trains when they cross tracks or killed by big trucks and buses when crossing roads. Also they get killed by farmers protecting their livelihood when elephants threaten their crops. For the farmer the elephant dies or their little kids die!

This is a personal decision you have to make. For some people all elephants should run free. A lot of the objection is riding elephants and having them do unnatural things. Of course for many Westerners who criticize captive elephants - having trained horses back in their country is not a big deal! Such as Lipizzaner Stallions prancing around. Or even kicking and whipping a horse to run faster than other horses to win a race even if they drop dead. (There is even a race horse death count website.)

Google up treatment of elephants in Thailand for more information.

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Interesting video. Not a cheap price!

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* Know that when bathing elephants the water you are in is the same water they pee and crap in. Scratches and cuts might get infected. Also when you ingest splashed water you could end up with stomach problems that some tourists blame on bad food.

Up to you.

Edited: 25 March 2018, 09:34
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As I've said elsewhere every elephant tourist attraction these days claims to be a "sanctuary". Basically this is often highly questionable or just blatantly untrue. True sanctuaries are massive tracts of land managed for th conservation of ecosystems.

Thailand has 2 populations of elephant wild and captive.(There is no such thing as a "domesticated" elephant).

Both populations are facing problems.

Wild elephants are being threatened by encroachment, habitat fragmentation, conflict with human activities and poachers.

Captive elephants are being exploited by the tourist industry.They are protected under law less than a pick up truck. As the extent of cruelty and abuse gets more publicised, the operators have responded by making all sorts of welfare claims, mostly nebulous and unsubstantiated.

Of course ALL attractions want to present as good an image as possible to the public, so most of the abuse is kept out of public view.

Before you visit any animal attraction in Thailand try to get informed as much as possible about the forms of abuse engaged in..... They aren't always obvious.

You might ask a few simple questions too...like what are these elephants doing in this location first place?

How are the animals housed and fed?

...Are they being fed properly? .... are you aware of an elephants normal diet?

Rule of thumb is that if they are being ridden, they are being abused.....As this is a very visible sign, many attractions have now abandoned this, however it doesn't guarantee that other forms of abuse are still practiced.

Also believe the evidence.... just because some people are considered Saints with regards to elephants...even if they genuinely LOVE their animals, it is no guarantee that the animals are being looked after correctly.

Even Mother Teresa has been shown to have misled her public.

Edited: 25 March 2018, 10:33
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Visit and enjoy the elephants at the Sanctuary. As for riding - give it a whirl but you will find out they are not the most comfy to ride whether on saddle or bareback. :)

Edited: 26 March 2018, 19:25
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"As for riding - give it a whirl "

this would suggest you are out of touch with current thinking.

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