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Nov 9, 2011

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Write E-Mail
Location:Cambodia

To : admin@mot.gov.kh

For pictures : http://www.earsasia.org/why_we_need_to_help/Pages/Sambo.html

H.E Dr. Thong Khon,
Minister of Tourism
No. 3 Preah Monivong Boulevard
Phnom Penh
Cambodia

Dear H.E Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism

My name is ....., living in .......  I'm very interested in elephants, wildlife and conservation.

Thank you for acknowledging the letters you have received from elephant supporters around the world asking for Sambo to be retired.

To date, we believe that Sambo has had her days reduced to 4 days a week, with 3 days off. Sambo’s condition, however, is getting worse, her feet are in excruciating pain and she is struggling to walk.

We kindly ask for her FULL RETIREMENT and for a BAN on elephants in the city of Phnom Penh.

Thailand banned elephants from the cities due to complaints from tourists, to prevent traffic accidents,as well as a Government decision to give Thailand a cleaner image, so please can Cambodia follow suit.
In June this year, Phnom Penh authorities requested that the macaque monkeys at Wat Phnom were moved to an animal rescue center as many tourists had been bitten.

Surely, you should request the same for an old sick elephant like Sambo to also be moved otherwise she will die on the streets, which will be disastrous for the cities image.
News is spreading globally about the health conditions of Sambo.
Foreign tourists are shocked, upset and disappointed to see an elephant living in your city.
hnom Penh is developing into a world class international city, yet allowing an elephant to walk around a temple with appalling foot conditions, forced to give trekking rides to tourists, gives a poor reflection on Cambodia.Sambo’s owner, Mr Sinsorn, does not need to continue working this poor elephant, he is a wealthy man and has several of his own companies to support him.Eco-tourism is rapidly becoming a popular tourist attraction in Asia.

As more people learn about the suffering of elephants used for trekking rides, they prefer to visit elephant sanctuaries and conservation projects caring for elephants in their natural habitat. Cambodia could therefore consider being the forefront of eco-tourism, instead of using elephants for trekking and public entertainment.

I ask you to please RETIRE SAMBO and BAN ELEPHANTS FROM THE CITY so no further elephants will undergo the same pain and suffering.
Elephants are wild animals and should be allowed to live where they belong, in their natural environment.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to a positive outcome,

Yours sincerely

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Posted: Wednesday November 9, 2011, 1:36 pm
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