Is it cruel to ride elephants in Thailand?

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Are elephant sanctuaries in Thailand ethical?

Samui Elephant Sanctuary

One of the first ethical sanctuaries on Koh Samui, it provides a safe haven for elephants who have previously been overworked or mistreated in the logging and tourist trekking camps.

Do elephants like being washed?

Elephants love to bathe in water and play in the mud either on their own or with each other. To do this, they need space to splash, roll around, submerge, and cover themselves in mud.

Why should we stop riding elephants?

Elephants do carry diseases that can be transferred to humans. One such contagious disease that is found in elephants throughout the world is Tuberculosis. Many of the elephants that are giving rides to people have tested positive for this disease. In some estimates, 1 out of every 10 elephants carries the disease.

Do elephants get depressed?

Elephants in captivity are denied everything that gives their life meaning. Many become neurotic, unhealthy, depressed, and aggressive as a result of the inhumane conditions in which they’re kept.

Are elephants indigenous to Thailand?

The elephant has been a contributor to Thai society and its icon for many centuries. … The elephant found in Thailand is the Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus), a subspecies of the Asian elephant. In the early-1900s there were an estimated 100,000 domesticated or captive elephants in Thailand.

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