Shackled like a criminals and denied all that is natural to them for tourists. Fodor's Travel, one of the most popular travel guides in the world, claims that elephants "enjoy" performing for tourists. ... Um, no they don't.
Elephants who are used for rides and shows live under the constant threat of physical violence and are routinely kept chained. Who would enjoy that? Not elephants. Not anyone. This Company Basically Says Elephants 'Like' Being Exploited Elephants used for rides are trained as babies in a process commonly called phajaan, or "the crush." It's called that because their spirits are being crushed.
During the process, still-nursing baby elephants are torn away from their mothers. Handlers lasso and bind them with ropes, immobilize them in wooden boxes, and mercilessly beat and gouge them with weapons like nail-studded sticks—sometimes for days on end. The process leaves the baby elephants so badly injured and traumatized that it's been reported that up to half of them don't even survive it. If they do, that's only the beginning. The rest of their lives are spent in constant servitude, and they're routinely beaten and often worked to the point of exhaustion or sometimes death. Public opposition to using animals for rides and circuses is stronger than ever, and many travel companies have banned bookings for elephant rides and other interactions with wild animals. By spreading false claims that elephants enjoy being exploited for rides and shows, Fodor's guide books support a hideously cruel industry that uses violence and domination to force elephants into subservience. Tell Fodor's Travel to provide accurate information about animal-welfare issues, including the ways that elephants suffer in the tourism industry. #tourist #tourisim #fodorstravel #ignorance #animalslavery #animalcruelty #animalabuse #elephants -#saveelephants #wildlife #savewildlife #babyelephantS -#phajaan #bullhooks -#maketheconnection #thailand #india #kerala#beavoice #spreadawareness #share