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Saturday, August 12, 2017

How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction

How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction

Unless you live under a rock you’ll know about the plight of African elephants, which are falling victim to the ivory trade at an alarming rate. An elephant roaming free on the African savannah suffers the moment a poacher shoots and needlessly slaughters the animal for its ivory. But it’s rarely ivory poachers who threaten its cousin the Asian elephant; it’s holidaymakers.


Wildlife tourism across South East Asia is a money-spinning industry worth millions of US dollars a year. It plays a huge role in desecrating the highly endangered Asian elephant. Elephants giving trekking rides heavily laden with passengers, or shows with elephants performing degrading circus tricks, or paraded in costume through street festivals in extreme heat, through the din of firecrackers, drums and jostling crowds - all these attractions have the same purpose; to entice money from tourists. Unwittingly, holidaymakers are using their wallets to fuel exploitation and brutality to the Asian elephant for ‘entertainment’.


Full story at http://bit.ly/2uPf7zS


Source: HuffPost UK


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