Cruel games involving elephants are on the increase in Nepal. Apart from the long running international elephant polo games, recently games such as elephant football and elephant pageants are being organised. Misusing elephants to attract more tourists is not only inhumane, it will also backfire as tourists increasingly chose responsible and animal friendly practices. Witnesses have reported merciless kicking, scars and blood. One such witness noted: “Some of us are wary of reporting what might affect tourism. But the unhappiness of the animals is there for us all to see.”
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EWN on Instagram@Regrann from @stae_elephants - How do you make the largest land animal on earth carry tourists, paint pictures and perform humiliating and unnatural acts for entertainment? You break it. You destroy his mind, body and spirit until he loses the will to live and no longer fights back. He accepts his fate and obeys orders to avoid the beatings and deprivation that come with being a captive Asian elephant used in tourism. Please back STAE’s calls to ABTA and its members for a ban on unethical Asian elephant holidays and sign our petition at www.stae.org #elephants, #asianelephants, #wildlife #endangeredspecies #animalwelfare #animalcruelty #saynotoelephantrides #refusetoride