A global campaign to end elephant rides has gained massive traction after the death of an adult elephant near Angkor Wat this week.
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A petition about the issue on Change.org has already accrued close to 60,000 signatures with a show of massive support world-wide.
At Baby Elephant we believe in sharing responsible tourism initiatives with our guests, which includes recommending riding bicycles not elephants. We’re asking our valued guests to help us spread awareness that elephant rides are harming elephant conservation efforts, and causing incredible stress and pain to the individual elephants themselves.
Asian elephants are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Fewer than 40,000 are left in the wild.
Earlier this year, elephant rides topped World Animal Protection’s list of cruelest holiday activities.
You can pledge your support for this initiative here: Apsara Authority End Elephant Riding at Angkor Siem Reap
You can also share information through your social networks to let people know you support ending elephant rides at Angkor Wat.
The change.org petition site information offers the advice that: “There is no such thing as cruelty-free elephant rides. Tourists may think that riding an elephant on holiday does not cause harm – you often can’t see the cruelty – it’s hidden from view. What you don’t realise is that a ‘once in a lifetime’ or ‘bucket list’ item for you, means a lifetime of misery for wild animals.”
Let’s all learn more about the issue by following Ride Bikes Not Elephants on Facebook.
If you are interested in visiting elephants in the wild, one of Cambodia’s best elephant sanctuaries, The Mondulkiri Project, welcomes donations and tourists.