Baby Elephants Captured, Tortured into Submission (Video)

 

Recent video has captured the dreadful treatment of captured endangered Asian elephants as a result of cross-border capture and trafficking in the animals.  The Ecologist Film Unit in association with Earth Focus/Link TV and Elephant Family shows the inhumane practices involved in capturing the baby pachyderms, often by killing their mothers and others of the herd, and the brutal “breaking in” of baby elephants before they are sold into animal slavery:

Going on an elephant ride is a key part of many vacationers’ trips to Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Doubtless few realize the cruel treatment involved in capturing and “training” these intelligent creatures. The video claims that for every captured calf, five adult elephants are killed while trying to protect their young.

Supply and Demand Endangers a Species

Though elephant hunting is illegal in Thailand, it is widely practiced in neighboring Burma, and an active smuggling has been documented as poor Burmese capture, break and sell the baby elephants for what is, to them, huge sums of money. With so much money involved in poor countries with corrupt officials, it is hardly surprising and profoundly depressing that  90% of Asian elephants have been lost in the past century.

The NGOs trying to halt the cruel capture and treatment of the elephants call for practical steps to at least regulate the trade in elephants to require earlier registration of captive-born calves and a DNA database to ensure that the few remaining wild Asian elephants stay both wild and protected by international efforts to enforce the law.

 

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Image from Video shot by Elephant Family.org via YouTube

263 comments

Doreen Amadatsu
Doreen Amadatsu2 years ago

It is great that the Thailand is making some sort of effort to make it illegal to capture baby elephants but they have to do more to catch these poachers who when caught are fined but there has to be more done to do more for the people who are killing their mothers and adults who are trying to protect their babies. When the zoos and people are using brutal methods and using them for profit they should be charged as well.

Doreen Amadatsu
Doreen Amadatsu2 years ago

It is great that the Thailand is making some sort of effort to make it illegal to capture baby elephants but they have to do more to catch these poachers who when caught are fined but there has to be more done to do more for the people who are killing their mothers and adults who are trying to protect their babies. When the zoos and people are using brutal methods and using them for profit they should be charged as well.

Rosemary Lowe

What disgusts me is the petition above on "do you support keeping elephants captive." 1% actually said yes, and 2% were "leaning no." Leaning? What does this mean? How long can one sit their hind ends on the fence? As for the 1%, they should be chained up and held "captive" for the rest of their lives. Wonder how they'd feel about this, after a few months?

Heidi S.
Heidi S.3 years ago

...wth :( ....yes leaning towards vigilante....i need a safari guide and a boom stick...stat...smh it would all be in vain.....and did you notice its children in some of the video do the tormenting? its ingrained in their culture from the poverty and dismay.....this goes way deeper than just animal activism it's all tied together.....if the demand and money were not so great a deal this wouldn't be occurring....

Stacey M.
Stacey M.3 years ago

Wish we could kill all these mf's who are sick and utterly a waste of human life.

Torah Alabidi
Torah Wolf3 years ago

I would love to see a vigilante/s go off on these people, Honestly, that is what they truly need at this point & time. I don't like violence but there are cases such as this that warrant a good teaching of a lesson or giving back a double dose of their own medicine. And when the elephants are all gone, which they almost are..these tyrants will move on to the next available animal to threaten. It will never stop unless these people are forcibly stopped for good.

maureen b.
maureen bate3 years ago

I don't want to watch the video, it's enough to know that this dreadful treatment is happening to these poor defenseless animals.
Hope it can soon be stopped, but as long as there is such poverty in these areas, I fear that it could continue until extinction.

Berty Jardine
Berty Jardine3 years ago

stop this now!

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky3 years ago

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way"

deb s.
deb s.3 years ago

How can anyone human look into the eyes of a baby elephant so innocent passive and trusting and do this to them? TH animals activists and lovers of the i nation will come down hard on these low lifes and bring bad karma and severe punishments and be expelled from the human race these people should not walk amongst but be treated as they did to these babies. MAKE IT LAW