Exposing the rise of cruel elephant tourism.

The appalling cruelty inflicted on Asian elephants over decades to meet growing demands from the tourism industry for elephant rides and shows is now spreading throughout southern Africa. If left unchecked hundreds more African elephants will face lifetimes of cruelty and abuse for tourist entertainment.1

Most tourists go on elephant rides because they love elephants. They don’t know about the intense physical and psychological pain involved. They will not be told that baby elephants are cruelly taken from their mothers, and their spirits harshly broken for training to give rides and perform tricks for tourists.

And after breaking there is no end to their suffering.

Captive elephants used in profit-making entertainment rides can endure horrendous captive conditions for decades. These include chaining and close confinement, loneliness and isolation from other elephants – with whom they would naturally form bonds – and deprivation of food and water.

This report exposes the level of abuse being inflicted on hundreds of these magnificent animals in Southern Africa. It highlights how tourists and tour operators can stop tourist rides in their tracks before it’s too late.


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Image Credit: Hazeyview Elephant Sanctuary