The plight of elephants in Thailand

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A long silence finally broken

After a long persisting silence, finally a study was carried out on the mistreatment of elephants in Thailand.

While many tourists love to ride elephants as an attraction (the main place for this being the Elephant kraal in Ayutthaya), few know that to get pliable animals who accept to let someone ride on their back, the baby elephants must go through real torture.

Abuse is rife and would lead to international outcry if it happened in Europe or in any Western country. Because Thailand is a third world country and because tourism is such a huge industry worth millions of dollars, nobody told the Thais it was a shame on their country. Until today that is.

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