Images of raw training techniques applied to elephants destined for the Thai tourism industry, made public by activists
New images of tortured elephants in Thailand have been made public by animal rights activists calling for an immediate end to the practices used by carers. The video shows the cruelty of training applied to elephants destined for the profitable tourism industry, writes Agerpres, quoting AFP.
Separated from his mother and subjected to great stress, the baby elephant is locked in a narrow enclosure and tied with chains and ropes, shows the images filmed with the hidden camera last year in Thailand and published on Wednesday by the British animal protection group World Animal Protection ( WAP).
The video shows us how the caretaker stabs the baby elephant with a sharp metal-tipped rod to make him understand the basic commands, which sometimes cause him to bleed.
"The goal is to achieve complete domination through rewards and punishments. You have to make him understand that not obeying is painful," Jan Schmidt-Burbach of WAP told AFP, lamenting the multiple "physical and mental damage." "brought to these animals.
About 3,000 elephants are commonly used in Thailand's tourism industry, but with the COVID-19 epidemic, they have "become unemployed."
More than a thousand of them, threatened by hunger, fled the deserted camps to return to their native places, a migratory wave of unprecedented magnitude in such a short period of time.
Activists hope that this crisis will be a good opportunity for the beginning of a large-scale reflection on the status of the domestic elephant in Thailand.
The number of elephants in captivity has increased by 30% in 30 years, and the sector is in dire need of regulation. Once domesticated, elephants are not seen differently from other domestic animals under Thai law, unlike wild ones, which are protected.