BANGKOK (AP) — An animal protection group wants tourists to know — that elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse.
London-based World Animal Protection says its survey of almost 3,000 elephants working in entertainment venues in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India found that three out of four are living in poor and unacceptable conditions.
These include being chained on a short leash day and night when not working, inadequate diets and unsatisfactory veterinary care, as well as a harsh initial training regimen to make them docile enough to ride and perform.
The group encourages tourist awareness of the problem and counsels tour agencies to shun abusive animal entertainment venues, among other measures.
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