#🐘 In the Bago region of Myanmar, the international animal welfare organization Four Paws has begun construction of Elephant Lake, which will be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in Southeast Asia.
Around 1,000 of the elephants currently living in the region are former working elephants who onced worked for the logging industry. Due to stricter environmental controls and efforts in Myanmar to reduce the amount of deforestation in the country, these elephants are no longer needed.
Privately owned elephants that no longer have any economic purpose are often seen as a burden and are typically killed or sold into the tourism industry.
Dr. Amir Khalil, FourPaws veterinarian and head of the pilot project, said, “These magnificent, endangered animals do not deserve death or an equally cruel career change. At our first elephant sanctuary, the animals can recover from the exertions of their past and, ideally, be reintroduced to the wild.”
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