Updated on May 8, 2019. Posted on May 2, 2019

    Kim Kardashian West Is Being Dragged To Hell For Posing With A "Mistreated" Elephant On Instagram

    She claimed that the images were taken at an elephant sanctuary in Bali — but no such "sanctuary" exists on the island.

    Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian West shared a series of throwback photos from her recent trip to Bali, Indonesia, which she claimed were taken at an "elephant sanctuary".

    The first photo showed Kardashian West touching an elephant's trunk as it was ridden by a handler.

    The second showed her and her husband, Kanye West, posing alongside the elephant.

    The final image showed Kardashian West with the elephant's trunk wrapped around her.

    She wrote in the accompanying caption, "Missing Bali! 🌿🐘 and the amazing elephant sanctuary".

    However, within hours of her sharing the images, Kardashian West's comments were flooded with angry comments from fans alleging that the photos weren't taken in a sanctuary at all, and accused her of promoting animal cruelty.

    Seriously, the post has amassed over 30,000 comments that just go on and on.

    It appears from the photos and this post on the resort's Instagram account that Kardashian West visited the Mason Elephant Park and Lodge in Bali, which is an attraction that offers elephant shows and allows visitors to ride, touch, bathe, and take selfies with the animals.

    In 2018 a report by World Animal Protection cited Bali as being among the worst destinations in the world for cruelty to animals in captivity. The report revealed that many captive elephants in Bali were kept in "severely inadequate conditions" that were "deeply concerning".

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    The Mason Elephant Park and Lodge was assessed as part of the report, but the scores of each individual venue weren't revealed. The park's mission statement sets out a commitment to "never subjecting" the elephants under its care to "any forms of cruelty."

    Many fans suggested that a sanctuary would be unlikely to allow people to ride the elephants, and also claimed that the handler was holding a bullhook — a tool used to inflict pain and control the direction of the elephant.

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    In fact, the WAP report also revealed that training an elephant to be ridden is not only "painful" for the animal but "exposes them to stressful situations and restricts them from behaving according to their needs." It went on: "If you can ride, hug or have a selfie with a wild animal, then it's cruel — don't do it, no matter how many 'likes' it will get on social media."

    Others said they were "disappointed" and "sickened" that Kardashian West would share the photos with so many impressionable followers.

    While many more begged her to delete the post.

    However, this isn't the first time Kardashian West has been called out for visiting the elephant park. In fact, back in October the family visited the same park during filming for their show.

    During that trip, Kardashian West rode an elephant. After people began criticising her when the images appeared online, she took to Twitter to claim that the family had done "full research" on the park before going.

    @PeterEgan6 @DailyMailCeleb We visited an elephant sanctuary that has rescued these elephants from Sumatra where they would have otherwise gone extinct. It is an organization that is working to save these beautiful animals. We did full research before going.

    Spokespersons for both Mason Park and Lodge and Kardashian West have been contacted for comment.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Woodward at ellie.woodward@buzzfeed.com.

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