Elephants are marvellous creatures and many of us like to see them up close. Some really look forward to see them doing amazing tricks or even taking a ride on their backs. However few still understand the risks involved and the issues faced by these animals in captivity. For an example these animals are put through cruel practices to break their spirits in order to make they comply with human directions such as taking people on their backs or perform tricks. In some cases they are worked with no proper rest or break leaving them physically and emotionally scarred. Though you may enjoy the rides and even have fun watching them do tricks it is not all rosy for the animals. Therefore before you consider booking a tour with elephant rides and shows please take note of the following;
Most elephants used in the tourism industry are wild animals, meaning they have been removed from the wild and domesticated by using very cruel measures. To keep them compliant most of these animals are kept in chains and punished from time to time, so they become fearful of hooks and man. Therefore if you are opting to visit a sanctuary or a safari park, consider these and research to find out their methods of elephant training. There are new parks and sanctuaries that use modern and ethical means of elephant training such as positive reinforcement rather than pain methods such as phuket elephant tour which you can consider.
Danger to humans
In captivity these animals go through a lot of stress mainly due to overworking or being restrained for long to name a few. They are also very emotional animals and can get very aggressive without warning therefore in tourism there is a lot of risk for the tourists and the care takers. View more information here – https://elephantjunglesanctuary.com/chiang-mai/.
Danger to animals
Captive elephants that are not treated in an ethical manner are prone to have mental and physical issues. You may notice them frequently swaying and head bobbing. These are all symptoms of stress. So if you notice these in the places you visit it is best to leave immediately or report about the places to the relevant authorities. Other signs of mistreatment can be wounds on their legs and other areas of the body. On the other hand centres that focus on the welfare of the animals such as ethical elephant phuket will have the animals roaming free with no chains, there will also be limited human contact and they will most definitely not have elephant shows and rides as part of their activity list.
Elephants are social creatures and live in groups. You will not see a female elephant taking care of their young alone. However this is not the case in captivity, the animals are also mostly kept by themselves with little or no interaction with each other and the babies are taken away from their mothers too soon to perform tricks and pose for photographs. You may see these babies at the beach or being walked around or painting pictures. Do not pet them or encourage the people who do this as this is unethical and not in the best interest of the animal. These babies are trained through pain and fear to do these things and they are not ethical at all.
These are some things to research about before you book your tours in the future.