We all love elephants. As kids, we all looked forward to seeing elephants perform on the circus. There’s always something exciting about watching these huge animals do their tricks. Growing up as adults, riding one is probably on your list when you go on vacation somewhere in Southeast Asia.
Unknown to most of us, however, is the tragic reality behind the elephant tourism industry.
Elephants are tor tured before they become “useful” for elephant tourism.
In a video posted recently by Circa, we learn that these trained elephants first go through a process called “phajaan” which literally translates to “the crush.” The purpose, according to the website, is simple – “to break the independent spirit of an elephant so they obey human commands.”
This explains why elephants eventually allow people to ride them, although they do not do that by nature. In fact, these animals don’t even paint, play musical instruments, or perform circus tricks at all.
‘Phajaan’ prepares them for all that and it can be “deeply and permanently traumatizing,” as Circa actually describes it.
Young elephants are thrown into a very small cage and then they’re beaten and starved of food and water. This goes on for days or even a month until the elephant trainers think that the animal is ready to obey them.
Fortunately, someone out there is hoping to change all that.
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, co-founder of Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is helping rescue the animals and are spreading awareness about the harsh realities of elephant tourism industry.
Lek develops a close relationship with the elephants they rescue.
She particularly enjoys singing to them, especially to those who have mentally suffered because of all the torture they’ve experienced. Faa Sai, for example, usually falls asleep when Lek sings.
Watch the video here and learn more:
Lek believes that the solution is education. You can visit the Elephant Nature Park to find more information about how you can help their cause.
Also, be sure to share this story so it can reach more tourists.
Giant Crocodile Gets Rescued After Getting Stuck in a Canal While Looking for Food
OMG! That’s probably one of the biggest crocodiles ever!
I’ll admit it right here – few creatures scare me more than a crocodile.
I mean I’ve seen these creatures locked in zoos but each time I do, I couldn’t help but imagine how terrible it would be if a person accidentally fell into the cage. Those big sharp teeth are definitely the stuff of nightmares! I should probably blame the movies for my paranoia.
Recently, however, a real life giant crocodile was found by wildlife department authorities in Sri Lanka. The massive reptile was stuck in a canal while it was searching for something to eat. It was found in the city of Matara in a canal leading to the river of Nilawala. Apparently, it got stuck in a canal while searching for food after water levels rose because of heavy rain.
Villagers Slaughter Gigantic Snake Thinking it Ate an Animal, Turns Out it was Pregnant!
Nigerian villagers thought that the python looked huge because it had eaten an animal, but they found out it was actually pregnant with dozens of eggs.
The residents of a village in Nigeria were recently on alert after a farmer lost a calf. The village was surrounded by wilderness, so the Nigerian villagers assumed that the animal was eaten by a snake. More specifically, they profiled the culprit as a python.
Thus, the villagers got fired up when they spotted an African rock python whose belly looked swollen. Just because the animal looked like it had eaten something huge, the Nigerian villagers immediately tagged it as the main suspect in the calf's disappearance.
African rock pythons can grow from 3 meters to over 4.8 meters long. In fact, there have been sightings of specimens that are around 6 meters long.
Chinese Farmer Makes Pigs Dive From 10-Foot Platform to Keep Them Fit and Taste Better
A Chinese pig farmer named Huang Deming believes that pigs that stay fit through his methods ultimately yield tastier meat.
A pig farmer in Hunan Province in China is doing something very unusual to the animals he raises.
Huang Deming believes that incorporating a fitness routine for his pigs will make their meat taste even better. That's why he has set up a 10-foot platform at a pond in Ningxiang County.
The pigs take the plunge.
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