Thailand and elephants ... some explanation!
A ride on the back of an elephant! Fantastic! Or not?
At first sight it all seems innocent and fun to ride on the back of an elephant. However, we would like to give you some background about the truth.
Elephants in Thailand were often used in the logging industry, until it was banned in 1989. From then they were used for tourism. However, young elephants are - often illegally - taken away from the mother and undergo an crual training to meet the ever increasing demands of tourists. Tourists who like to take a ride on the back of an elephant, to enjoy the unspoilt, wild nature ... What the tourists often don't know is that the elephants are trapped for days and mistreated to break their 'willpower'. They need to be 'educated' to be subsequently used in a safe manner, in service of tourism ...
Once their soul is 'broken', they are submissive and elephants are used for hours for the so-called 'must-do' rides or to paint in public, play soccer, dance ... and this is a very profitable business. The wooden seats are very bad for the back of an elephant. This all shows little respect for the elephants.
Elephants are social animals and like to live in groups because they need contact with conspecifics. They eat up to 200 kg of fresh food per day, which they naturally eat by grazing on trees and they easily shrub 10 to 15 km away, untamed and in full freedom. Of course it costs a lot of money to maintain an elephant. However, there are also friendly ways to let tourists interact with these fascinating animals, in a way to earn money to feed the elephants and give them a good life.
That's why BeenInAsia chooses Elephant Friendly Tours, where the elephant can be an elephant! In these elephants parks or reserves these huge quadrupeds can live in harmony with nature. No chairs on the back of the elephant, no tricks, but enjoy bathing the elephants.