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Thai Government Said to Slaughter Elephants to Steal Their Babies

Thai Government Said to Slaughter Elephants to Steal Their Babies

No place is safe for elephants in Thailand right now, including sanctuaries and rescue centers.

The trouble started with tourist centers clamoring for more baby elephants because they draw tourists, and tourists spend money.

Thailand’s government allegedly complied: officials appear to have underwritten the slaughter of adult elephants living in national parks in order to steal their babies.

Baby elephants stolen for tourism endure unthinkable suffering. “They are immobilized, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with nails for days at a time. These ritualized “training” sessions leave the elephants badly injured, traumatized, or even dead.”

The leaders of two respected elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, the Elephant Nature Park and the Wildlife Friends of Thailand, spoke out against the government-sponsored massacre, and in what looks like retaliation, the government raided their facilities, confiscated resident elephants, and threatened to confiscate more.

Help protect the elephants in Thai sanctuaries and the brave people who care for them and speak out on behalf of wild elephants by sending Thailand’s Tourism Authority a message that you will not visit Thailand until the government stops raiding elephant sanctuaries, returns confiscated animals and takes effective action to protect wild elephants.

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12:46PM PST on Nov 21, 2014

Disgusting.

10:55PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

There is no end to the human species' propensity for violence, cruelty and barbarity. There will be no peace or justice for non-human life on this planet until humans are gone.
Whether it be slaughter of wolves, coyotes, prairiedogs, bison, etc, in the U.S., or elephants in Africa and Asia, or whales in the oceans, the world-wide slaughter of animals continues every minute of every day around the planet.

11:02AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thailand is known for torturing & killing many animals like this. Tourists should boycott this country for good. Take away their tourists & boycott their goods then maybe they will get the message that many people in other countries do not approve of their cruel treatment of animals period. What they need are vigilantes to go in there & physically stop them from these horrible things that they are doing to these animals because their government, if that is what you want to call it is completely broken & worthless.

11:00AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thailand is known for torturing & killing many animals like this. Tourists should boycott this country for good. Take away their tourists & boycott their goods then maybe they will get the message that many people in other countries do not approve of their cruel treatment of animals period. What they need are vigilantes to go in there & physically stop them from these horrible things that they are doing to these animals because their government, if that is what you want to call it is completely broken & worthless.

10:58AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thailand is known for torturing & killing many animals like this. Tourists should boycott this country for good. Take away their tourists & boycott their goods then maybe they will get the message that many people in other countries do not approve of their cruel treatment of animals period. What they need are vigilantes to go in there & physically stop them from these horrible things that they are doing to these animals because their government, if that is what you want to call it is completely broken & worthless.

10:58AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thailand is known for torturing & killing many animals like this. Tourists should boycott this country for good. Take away their tourists & boycott their goods then maybe they will get the message that many people in other countries do not approve of their cruel treatment of animals period. What they need are vigilantes to go in there & physically stop them from these horrible things that they are doing to these animals because their government, if that is what you want to call it is completely broken & worthless.

10:58AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thailand is known for torturing & killing many animals like this. Tourists should boycott this country for good. Take away their tourists & boycott their goods then maybe they will get the message that many people in other countries do not approve of their cruel treatment of animals period. What they need are vigilantes to go in there & physically stop them from these horrible things that they are doing to these animals because their government, if that is what you want to call it is completely broken & worthless.

10:50AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Tourists should boycott China. There are many other countries that do not treat animals in this way & are great places to vacation, China's reputation just keeps going down the toilet in the eyes of many other countries. Apparently, China does not care what anyone else thinks about them weather it be good or bad. I used to think this was a country I would like to someday visit but I would never go there now..i might do something i never thought i was capable of doing if i saw something like animals being tortured in this way.

10:50AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Tourists should boycott China. There are many other countries that do not treat animals in this way & are great places to vacation, China's reputation just keeps going down the toilet in the eyes of many other countries. Apparently, China does not care what anyone else thinks about them weather it be good or bad. I used to think this was a country I would like to someday visit but I would never go there now..i might do something i never thought i was capable of doing if i saw something like animals being tortured in this way.

4:02AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Can tragedy like this never take place again?

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