No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:27 pm

Elephant rides to stop at Cambodia’s biggest attraction
8 Jun 2019 9:08 am

Cruel elephant rides at a famous temple in Cambodia are now coming to an end. The overworked group of 14 elephants will no longer be forced to work at Angkor Wat, where over 2.5 million international tourists visit each year. They will be transferred to a conservation and breeding centre by early 2020, the The Angkor Elephant Group Committee confirmed.
In 2016, an elephant collapsed and died while ferrying two tourists to the monument, sparking international outrage at the practice. Two years later, a petition to end elephant rides gained over 14,000 signatures in just 48 hours after another animal died from exhaustion.

Oan Kiry, director of the Angkor Elephant Group Committee, said: ‘In early 2020, our association plans to end the use of elephants to transport tourists. ‘They can still watch the elephants and take photos of them in our conservation and breeding centre. We want the elephants to live in as natural a manner as possible.’

Campaign group Moving Animals, who work to raise awareness of the cruelty behind elephant riding, have welcomed the move, calling it a ‘great relief’. A spokesperson said: ‘The end of elephant rides at Angkor Wat is truly a watershed moment that shows the tide is turning against cruel wildlife tourism. ‘More and more tourists no longer want to pay to see animals in chains or captivity, and attractions where elephant riding continues, need to ban these rides if they are to stay in favour with tourists and animal lovers.’

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/08/elephant ... to=cbshare
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Re: No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Post by rozzieoz » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:04 pm

Excellent news!
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Post by Anchor Moy » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:20 pm

Wild animals are not toys for us to play with.
PR said and I agree:
anyone that condones or accepts seeing elephants being used to entertain people, needs a wake up call;
the elephants are mentally and physically broken
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Re: No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Post by newkidontheblock » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:17 pm

It’s going to be a tough slog for the elephants. These magnificent animals eat a ton, require vast roaming areas, lots of maintenance. Expensive care. Will the locals be willing to donate the vast sums required each year to keep such a large number of elephants?
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Re: No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Post by IraHayes » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:19 pm

I seriously thought this had all been stopped a few years ago.
So great news and clearly long overdue!
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Re: No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:51 pm

Has anybody been to Phnom Penh Safari World?

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Re: No More Elephant Rides at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Post by Anthony's Weiner » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:16 am

newkidontheblock wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:17 pm
It’s going to be a tough slog for the elephants. These magnificent animals eat a ton, require vast roaming areas, lots of maintenance. Expensive care. Will the locals be willing to donate the vast sums required each year to keep such a large number of elephants?
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