Cruelty to animals is one of the most significant vices of a low and ignoble people.
Alexander von Humbold
2. Try to avoid supporting tourism that uses elephants to perform circus tricks. These outfits almost always chain their elephants up all day separated from one another.
A baby elephant braces for a hit during a training session in a Karen village in Burma.
The training session is coined the ‘crush’ as its goal is to break the elephant’s spirit.
Wild elephants are typically tied up and beaten for 3 days straight and left to starve.
Burmese Karen mahouts near the Thai border operate a clandestine and illegal trade network smuggling elephants into Thailand to be sold to mahouts for the Thai tourism industry.
Officials estimate that 1 Burmese elephant is smuggled into Thailand every week.