Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia are a popular tourist destination with millions of visitors a year – many of whom want to see elephants. Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware of the suffering experienced by elephants in many parts of the elephant tourism industry. We ask that you help support ethical elephant tourism and spread the word that elephant riding and shows cause unnecessary physical and psychological harm to elephants. Let your friends, family, and social media contacts know that there are alternatives where you can experience being with elephants in nature where they are allowed to express their natural instincts without fear of punishment. Observing elephants being elephants in a natural setting is a far more fascinating and rewarding experience than watching them being exploited and demeaned.
The world has never been more connected and in recent times we have experienced the power of people united in a call for change. Word of mouth has always been an important catalyst for change, and with the advent of online social media, many thousands of people can be reached with a few simple words, a photo, or video, and the click of a button. Here are a few ideas of what you can do to help expedite this change: