WILD ANIMALS BELONG IN THE WILD
This is typical elephant behavior in the wild. Notice the family size and their response, when the infant falls into the water hole. Notice also the texture of the savanna and its suitability for the elephants' feet and weight.
Each time you take an elephant ride as a tourist seeking an indigenous experience, your dollars are perpetuating the untold suffering of an elephant.
Elephants are are highly intelligent, highly social animals that exhibit human-like behaviors : they care for their young, they are protective of one another, they (famously) grieve for days over the bodies of their dead. They live in matriarchal communities in which the females stay together for life. They can roam up to 30 miles a day. Moreover, they are essential to their ecosystems – among other things, their dung carries seeds which cultivate the flora in the savannahs.
Tragically, these peaceful gentle giants (vegetarians) are treated barbarically by humans for exploitive purposes: They are cruelly taken captive, separated from their relatives, and "broken" by humans who work them unnaturally in logging camps, or use them as spectacles in parades, circuses or in tourist ride attractions.
This is a bull hook, the instrument used (liberally) to "break" and manipulate elephants for use on safari rides, and for other forms of entertainment. Photo courtesy How I Became an Elephant
ELEPHANTS ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT.
BOYCOTT ALL ANIMAL CIRCUSES: NO EXCEPTIONS!
Most zoo conditions are inhumane environments for elephants. Listen to this radio spot: it refers to pending decisions in the Auckland Zoo — but information is applicable to zoos in general
Worst, are the circuses, which often pull nursing calves away from their mothers, and use cruel methods to prepare them for their shows. Circus visitors have no idea of how these gentle animals are "trained" to perform for the big tent. Do not patronize circuses that use animal acts. A list of those circuses can be found in this link: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?more=1&p=425
Billie, the elephant, shown in the video above, has been consigned permanently to the Los Angeles Zoo, despite public efforts to have him moved to a sanctuary.
But there is still time to help other elephants in desperate need:
- RINGLING BROTHERS BEATS ELEPHANTS (Graphic and disturbing photos and video)
ATTN: HOLLYWOOD FILM AND TV INDUSTRY