Animals Abused for Tourists‘ Cheap Photos and Entertainment — PeTA

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A breaking new PETA video exposé of Thailand’s Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo shows the abuse endured by a suffering baby elephant made famous by a recent National Geographic feature. As this video footage shows, elephants at the facility are chained for most of their lives and stabbed in order to force them to perform confusing and uncomfortable tricks for tourists. Other animals are also abused: They’re prodded and harassed by workers to force them to perform and so that tourists can take photos with them.

Abused and Stabbed for Cheap Tricks

PETA eyewitnesses documented that workers stabbed elephants with sharp metal implements to coerce them into dancing, bowling, and performing other uncomfortable and confusing tricks. By paying to see these acts, tourists supported the abuse.

Elephants were found with bleeding wounds on their sensitive temples and ears. Other animals also had scars on these areas, indicating that they’ve been subjected to similar abuse.

Chained to a Life of Suffering

Eyewitnesses found that the elephants‘ legs were tethered with short metal chains and the animals were forced to stand on hard flooring, such as concrete, which can cause them to develop foot and joint problems.

The elephants weren’t offered any enrichment opportunities and were only unchained when being forced to perform tricks or give rides to tourists. They constantly swayed from side to side, which is a sign of mental distress.

Severe Abuse and Depression

Other animals were also treated cruelly in order to entertain tourists. Crocodiles were beaten with bamboo sticks by workers during shows, and a tiger was harassed so that tourists could pose with the animal for photos.

Eyewitnesses found that other animals, including a chimpanzee and an orangutan, appeared to be suffering from severe frustration and depression. They were being held captive for photo ops with tourists, which the zoo profited from.

Elephants Deserve Better

Elephants are highly social animals who form strong, lasting bonds with their family members. They work together to solve problems and rely on the wisdom, judgment, and experience of their eldest relatives. In their natural homes, they spend their days socializing, swimming, exploring, and playing.

In nature, they don’t carry people on their backs or perform uncomfortable and confusing tricks. The deprivation, stress, lack of exercise opportunities, and inadequate facilities that elephants endure in captivity can cause them to develop abnormal types of behavior—such as rocking and swaying—never seen in the wild. In addition to dying short of their natural life expectancy, elephants in captivity have high rates of painful and chronic health problems, such as nail cracks, abscesses, obesity, and arthritis.

You Can Help Stop Cruelty to Elephants

PETA has submitted its findings to Thai police. The best thing that you can do to help elephants and other animals exploited for tourism is to make compassionate travel decisions by never patronizing businesses that exploit wild animals or allow direct contact between humans and animals—even facilities that claim to be sanctuaries.

Please also join PETA in urging Trip.com, a company that offers tours that visit Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, to remove the exhibit from its itineraries.

Personalized letters always work best. Feel free to use the sample letter provided, but keep in mind that your letter will carry more weight if you write your own customized message and subject line.

My message to {contact_data~firstName} {contact_data~lastName}

I was appalled to see that Trip.com offers tours to Thailand’s Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo.

PETA eyewitnesses have found that elephants at the facility are chained for most of their lives and stabbed in order to force them to perform confusing and uncomfortable tricks for tourists. Other animals are also treated cruelly in order to entertain tourists. The eyewitnesses saw workers beat crocodiles with bamboo sticks during shows, and a tiger was harassed so that tourists could pose with the animal for photos.

In nature, elephants don’t carry people on their backs or perform uncomfortable and confusing tricks. The deprivation, stress, lack of exercise opportunities, and inadequate facilities that they endure in captivity can cause them to develop abnormal types of behavior—such as rocking and swaying—never seen in the wild. In addition to dying short of their natural life expectancy, elephants in captivity have high rates of painful and chronic health problems, such as nail cracks, abscesses, obesity, and arthritis.

Please remove Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo from your tour itineraries immediately.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

{user_data~Given Name} {user_data~Family Name}
{user_data~Email Address}

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