Humans use elephants to perform a variety of tasks for about 5,000 years, while people continue to make profits, this relationship is not very useful to elephants. Elephants are heavily influenced by Thai culture, myths, and religions, although elephants are highly respected by the species. Cruelty, deforestation, increased tourism, extensive farming and habitat have led to a rapid decline in the number of Asian elephants and elephants becoming officially endangered
In the tourism business as well, nowadays elephants primarily work in the tourism and entertainment sectors. Unfortunately, very few companies treat their elephants ethically, or with the respect they deserve, instead of viewing them simply as a profitable business asset. Young elephants are sometimes poached from the wild to be sold and used as novelties in hotels or trained to perform for tourists. This practice is incredibly damaging to the population of Thai elephants, as the mother (and sometimes other females, such as the chosen ‘foster mother’) is often killed during the poaching process, and this separation greatly endangers the life and long-term health of the infant. Some estimate that as many as 70% of baby elephants currently used in tourism may have been poached from their natural habitat.
Work includes tourist riding, logging, and circus activities. Sometimes they are made to carry people for up to 5 hours. Being forced to work whilst in the head of Thailand slowly wears the elephants down as elephants need to cool down and be allowed to eat more than they are provided. They are hurt at these camps guides use hooks to force them to carry tourists which they hit the elephants with, causes bleeding.
At elephant jungle sanctuary we are giving them a place to live free from danger or harm. We keep our elephants together as a family. We don’t torture our elephants in order to train them because to us elephants are part of the family, so we do not allow any tourist to ride them. We want to educate more and more people to realize that these lovely creatures should be treated with love and care instead of abusing them.