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Pandemic silver lining – elephants used to carry tourists are being released from duty

There is a silver lining to the otherwise bleak pandemic situation which has brought the world to its knees. As reported by Newsflare, dozens of elephants used to carry tourists in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, are being freed from their duties.

The decimated tourist industry has resulted in the change which will allow 78 elephants to be free of the wooden and metal carriages which have been strapped to their backs for decades. Camp director Anchalee Kalampichit tells the news agency that this is the first time in 44 years that the elephants are not forced to wear the seats throughout the day.

Adding:

“But because the coronavirus has spread there have been fewer tourists and eventually the government ordered us to close so we have removed the chairs to liberate the elephants.

We are not planning to put the seat supports back on the elephants, even if we can operate again. We want to change the style of the place and find more natural ways that the public can enjoy the elephants.

We will welcome tourists to enjoy learning about the elephants’ ways of life naturally instead of using them to entertain the tourists.”

A lack of tourists has also resulted in a lack of income to the various parks that relied upon tourist for survival. Boontha Chailert, president of the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association and the Maetaeng Elephant Park, tells the news agency that “hundreds” of elephant parks are facing closure from the unforeseen downturn.

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1 reply
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    HOPE AND PRAY THE REST OF THE WORLD FOLLOWS THEIR LEAD! IT IS TIME TO START THE LONG ROAD OF MAKING UP TO THE ANIMALS. WHAT HUMANS HAVE DONE TO THEM!

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