Looking on review sites and images online before visiting elephant camps is also advised. Vicki Brown, editor at Responsible Travel , says that the prevalence of riding perpetuates the industry. The cruel process of intensively conditioning the elephants to obey keepers and allow people to ride them goes largely unseen by tourists.
They can be severely beaten with sharp objects, screamed at and starved of food and water, which can last for several days or weeks. Unfortunately, riding elephants is still one of the most popular tourist activities in Asia.
This included being chained up when not performing, with no interaction with other elephants, a poor diet, and stress-inducing noise levels. But it still lists these attractions on the site, and has been criticised for not going far enough. But in their natural habitats, wild animals almost never initiate contact with humans, so to describe this as natural is misleading.
So what should travellers do if they see abuse happening? Share on review sites and social media. Tweet them directly. She also suggests that if you book through a tour operator or agent, raise your concerns with them — many do not have representatives on the ground and only find out about bad practices through travellers alerting them to it. Word of mouth is a powerful tool on the road, particularly in hostels. Do spread the word about the good places you visit too; they need all the support they can get.
Although many elephants spend their entire lives in captivity, an increasing number are being cared for by organisations that allow them to live in natural, big, open spaces with other elephants, the correct food and veterinary care. Brown also suggests that keeping ex-working or captive elephants in sanctuaries can be the best option. Just preparing food can take hours a day! With so many organisations now claiming to be sanctuaries, which ones do the experts say are OK to visit or volunteer at?
Find a full list of companies and elephant camps to support or avoid on the Responsible Travel website. Elephant Nature Park — A retirement home for rescued elephants, founded by Lek Chailert, renowned elephant conservationist. Considered to be a pioneer in the treatment of those in captivity.
Elephant Hills — One of the few completely chain-free camps in southeast Asia, with jungle tents offering natural encounters. Thai S un set.
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