How to choose an ethical (no-riding) elephant encounter in Thailand

A mahout and his elephant, at Elephant Hills, about three hours north of Phuket (photo: Kara Murphy).

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  • Highlander says:

    “ . . . . The reality that elephants can be ‘trained’ to serve human demands. . . . . basically through torture.” Yup. Saw it and will never forget. Even the mahout who knows the elephant best is drawing blood with his sharp metal instrument while sitting behind the elephant’s head. Pity the poor Asian elephant that allows puny humans to dominate it unlike its more independent African cousin that will crush to jelly any human that dares try to conquer it. Don’t ride an elephant or thrill to its trained tricks. May its screams of pain fill your head if you do. Blessing upon those who sincerely try to rescue worn out or abandoned working elephants. The poor creatures after years of captivity can no longer be returned to the wild.