Elephant Rides: A Product Of Brutality
As you travel more often you feel urged to seek adventure, get out of your comfort zone and participate in held events. Whilst traveling can provide you with all that you seek, there are factors we must keep in mind throughout our travels in order to identify the thin line that lies between a joyful adventure and an unethical adventure.
There are a number of countries across the globe that offer elephant ride adventures to visitors. Some perceive it to a joyful and courageous act but what if you had known that elephants are an endangered species and we promote their extinction?
Due to their loss of habitat the elephant population is declining and has massively declines throughout the past couple of years this is due to them being illegally and inhumanely captures and traded to be used for entertainment by the tourism industry.
Elephants were not born with the wild kindness to interact with human beings and so upon trade elephants undergo taming before visitors could joyfully ride them. Taming is a process that involves brutality and abuse and is often undergone when elephants are very young.
How are elephants tamed?
In order to tame an elephants they must undergo a process known as Phajaan which translates to “the crush”. The reason the process has been given such name is due to the belief that the soul of an elephant is crushed throughout.
During Phajaan elephants are separated from their care-giver and are trapped in an area with a lack of space, disabling them from moving. Baby elephants are then beaten using multiple tools, poked, pierced and are left to starve for countless of sleepless nights.
Why are elephants well behaved during an elephant ride?
During the taming phase, elephants are constantly pierced using bull-hooks this act injects intolerable pain and one that they can never forget. Elephants are known to be profoundly wise species and are realized for their memory strength.
During an elephant ride, guides will make bull-hooks visible to the elephant being ridden and in turn, elephants will maintain well-behave in fear of being fiercely pierced.
In addition to this, similar to Zebras, spines of elephants are fragile and do not hold the strength to carry human weight. Thereby, elephant riding can cause them long-term injuries.
What Can You Do?
Know that you as one can make a difference. Refuse to ride an elephant throughout your travels and raise awareness by sharing this piece of knowledge to those who surround you. Be humane, be ethical.