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How Baby Elephants Are "Broken" for Captivity


Animals  (tags: abuse, crime, captivity, elephants, phaajan, culture, death, education, AnimalCruelty, suffering )

Echo
- 2849 days ago - care2.com
People need to know this!! Please crosspost and help educate people. What is phaajan? You NEED to know!



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CherAWAY N. (1449)
Monday November 30, 2009, 6:12 pm



Thnx Echo hun!!!


 

Darlene K (356)
Monday November 30, 2009, 10:30 pm
this really made me sick..., and I am numb by the sadness I feel for these baby elephants, or it seems..., for all elephants that aren't in the wild. noted through tears....
 

Jeanette Steffi G (189)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 12:56 am
They're only baby elephants, they can barely carry anything with their delicate trunks. Can't people feel more compassion for animals in their hearts? Elephants are not slaves.

Thanks for the news.
 

Michelle E (22)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 1:18 am
I am lost for words! Shocked and sick to my stomach!!! Will this ever stop!
 

. (0)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 2:18 am
I feel we need a petition going here on Care2 because the petition on their web page is a PDF file and not much help. Then we need to write a basic letter that people can work with and send to the address shown on the web site.

At this point in time I'm not feeling that well, but will try tomorrow and see how I am and then put a letter together so that people can send. If someone else wants to it please do so.

This is horrific and we can't just stand by and do nothing. If someone could put some leadership qualities into practice and get things going it would be great. Find some email address' to send emails to and set up a petition, please. I wish I could do it but I'm just not in that position, at this point in time I can only follow.
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 2:41 am
Humanity stinks in the nostril of heaven.
 

Echo E (264)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:59 am
Thanks all, we do have a place to post letters and petitions and have many already but need new blood, new motivation, please come and join the Elephant Lovers group that this links to and help remotivate the folks into action. thank you so much Animalib, and everyone.
 

Alejandra Vega (139)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 7:35 am
This is outrageous!!! I knew about all this, but it is good to remember, because this is happening every day!
TY, Echo!
 

Simone D (1471)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 8:14 am
Thank you Echo, I have read all your reports at Elephant Lovers group but it still shocks.
 

Dagmara Scheider (0)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 8:29 am
As always we focus on the problem not the solution until there is no need for a slave they will continue to be made. You will never be able to change a hungry man from wanting food. We have to change the why before we can change the thought Until there is no need it will continue. Yes people are cruel they have learned this there whole life. It has been going on for thousands of years. Do you think because you say stop it will. Grow up stop talking start changing. The only way you will stop this is to remove the need for it. Until the world catches up wit a min life level. Until hunger and greed are removed Until people are really free to love without being afraid of being hurt they will continue to teach and pass on there own agenda ( survival ) and they will not care if it is cruel or senseless they will only care that by doing this they and there family can survive.

Love You
Daggi
 

Echo E (264)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 8:39 am
Daggi, I understand what you are saying, so do you have the solution?

You say remove greed and hunger. What is your solution that we here can do to make the changes, like removing greed and hunger and get people to be free to love without being afraid of being hurt?

Meanwhile, in the link there are addresses to write to and petitions. Also supporting the Elephant Nature Park financially, they can buy more elephants who are suffering. They are always limited on how many they can buy from the slavery and sometimes they have to make terrible decisions to actually leave some suffering behind because of limited resources.
 

Joycey B (750)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 9:05 am
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Echo. I am going to the site now.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 11:12 am
Sad, sickening, beyond cruel. Sometimes I loathe to call myself a human being. Thank you for bringing this heartbreak to our attention, Echo.
 

JennyLynn W (246)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 11:26 am
I read the story and wish I hadn't. There is no Need or Excuse for this, no justification, no mitigation. This is not about people who are hungry or in need. This is about torture and abuse and cruelty and brutality, and people who like to watch it. It's disgusting. It's time for this to stop worldwide. We must ensure that all US aid is cut completely off from any country where this ever occurs. We must restrict trade and other agreements - often Americans and others in the west are subsidizing this unknowingly - yes, as Echo says, we NEED TO KNOW!!

How Baby Elephants are "Broken" for Captivity September 24, 2005 2:11 AM

There is an air of celebration in the village as the baby elephant, unable to move in any direction, awaits her fate. Young and old come to watch and participate in the spectacle before them.

One by one, additional ropes and steel cables are wrapped around her belly, legs, and feet—even her tail is bound. She desperately tries to thwart off her tormentors to no avail, using her trunk to push the ropes away and to defend herself from their painful blows. But there is no mercy. Her trunk and the sensitive skin between her toenails are hit with clubs and punctured with nail-studded sticks, and nails are inserted into her ear canals.

Bound and exhausted, she can no longer stand. Her legs give out, forcing her to hang by the ropes choking her neck or wrapped around her belly or to collapse against the sides of the cage. A jab to the ribs sends her momentarily upright again.

A village elder climbs on top of her and straddles her neck. A village elder climbs on top of her and straddles her neck. He holds a stick attached to a long, curved, and pointed blade. Speaking in Thai, he delivers a message to the baby elephant, “Remember, if you don’t go against us, we won’t hurt you.” He raises the blade, spits on it, and sinks it into her head, directly between her ears. Each time he drives the blade into her head, he strains to work it back out of her tortured and bloodied flesh. Later, it is discovered that she has lost her ability to hear, most likely the result of this elder’s sadistic lesson.

The elder dismounts and two young men take his place. They casually sit atop her back, one smoking a cigarette. His cigarette break over, the man fervently works the pointed end of a stick into the wound in her head, placed there by the village elder. She roars in inescapable agony, lifting her head in a futile attempt to shake off this instrument of pain.

Dusk has fallen upon the village, and through the smoke of a campfire burning beside her cage, her sorrowful eyes reveal the fear and confusion of a baby elephant whose world has been turned upside down. Her mother is gone and she has been bound, beaten, and abused by those she trusted. However, her ordeal is far from over. For the next several days, she is denied food, water, and sleep. Taking shifts, the villagers beat her day and night, ensuring that her subjugation is absolute and complete.

A week later, witnesses to the beatings discover her tied to a tree outside the village. Her eyes are swollen shut, blood and pus run down her large, torn ears, and her body is covered with raw wounds. Footage of other caged baby elephants with diarrhea coating the backs of their legs is graphic evidence of the pure terror that they endure. Beatings will be used regularly for the rest of their lives to remind them “who’s boss.” Some will eventually snap from the strain of relentless abuse, attacking and killing mahouts and tourists.

And the fact is.....any baby elephants taken from the wild (Africa or Asia), will be "BROKEN" in this way. The same way the Asians are broken. Look Here! http://www.wag.co.za/tuli/torture_pics.html

Learn more about these babies, what happens to baby elephants when their parents are killed for their tusks. http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Tuli

Baby elephants are being BROKEN like this right now, at this very moment! Will we stand by and continue to let this happen?
 

elle v (339)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 12:03 pm
Echo, it always breaks my heart to read this.....

when will humans learn....?
 

Esther S (45)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 12:18 pm
It is disgusting! How can anybody be so heartless?
 

JULIE ANN Z (247)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 4:45 pm
DISGUSTING, SICK, MONSTERS. THEY ARE NOT EVEN AS GOOD AS LOW SCUM LIFEFORMS.

IT sickens me to see this and know there is so little that can be done. we have to fight against this kind of brutality and cruelty. this has to be stopped.
 

MmAway M (501)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:30 pm
Thanks...sadly couldn't read the entire story, started to sob from what was taking place, still have tears.

JennyLynn you have more guts to read the entire article that I do.

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on this rotten SCUM bags, and yes Julie, they are EVIO monsters.

I want them all gagged and tied up and stuck in a pen with people tying them up all over, sticking pins and etc. into their bodies, and even then I would NOT be through with them.

This is just so ILL, so horribly wrong, I am so sick and sad.

Noted with tears...Thanks Echo for getting this out there, but kinda wish I would of been in the dark.

Fortunately, You are getting this out there, is there anything that we can sign or anyone we can write to, did not finish the article so if it was there sadly I missed it.

Please let me know and I will do what I can here!
 

MmAway M (501)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 5:32 pm
Echo...I was forwarded the petitions by Katrin and have signed with pleasure.

I will track and go to your site tomorrow to get addresses for letters and will take care of what I can.
 

Bill U. (2)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 7:17 pm
awful
 

Aneliese K (58)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 7:52 pm
Noted, thanks Echo.
 

. (0)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 9:08 pm
God will punish those that mistreat His gifts to us.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 9:12 pm
It sickens me to hear about this kind of cruelity,I hope Karma catces-up with the evil doers.I will add elephants to my list.
 

Ekeim T (147)
Tuesday December 1, 2009, 10:21 pm
i've sent the following email (text largely stolen from PETA, also included photos from PETA website) to: spokesman@thaigov.go.th, subject: Phaajaan:

To the attention of :
The Honourable General Samak Sundaravej
Prime Minister of Thailand.


Dear sir,

There are approximately 5,000 elephants in Thailand; the majority of them are in private hands. It is imperative that their torture revealed by PETA (http://www.peta.org/) not be allowed to continue.

PETA is urging the government of Thailand to immediately enact laws to prohibit the cruel treatment, confinement, and training of elephants and ban the use of elephants for commercial or entertainment purposes. The purpose of such laws is to protect these sensitive, intelligent, and highly endangered animals from future abuse. If passed and enforced by the government of Thailand, Phaajaan, as we know it today, would cease to exist.

With the numbers of elephants in the world dwindling, Thailand should be a role model for other countries in establishing and promoting elephant protection at home and abroad. Then tourists would flock to Thailand to observe herds of elephants from a distance roaming freely in sanctuaries, instead of performing circus tricks on command. Please demand an end to this cruel, barbaric, and disgraceful practice that should have been stopped long ago.

Sincerely,

(name, country.)

everybody, please copy this or better still, use your own words, and start emailing until their mailbox overflows !
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 12:16 am
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

As I read it, I was very disgusted and heartbroken. But I kept reading and learned that the people truly do not know anything different. They HAVE to create a safe environment for them to work with the elephants, and after centuries of being told that this is the only way, how can we blame them for not believing that there IS another way.

What I would like to see is an exchange-type program. They will be given a positively trained animal, and taught how to keep up the reinforcements. In exchange, they must give back an untrained elephant AND a student. The untrained elephant will then be given positive training, and the student will learn until he becomes a teacher.

And hence, we have a positive cycle of positive change. Let's not villify those who truly don't know any different. Let's teach them with love, instead.
 

Chelsie L (1)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:06 am
This is horrible! I cant beleive that people could do that! disgusting! I hope that this ends soon!....
 

Helen D (13)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:54 am
This is sickening and makes me want to cry as I cannot directly do anything to stop this... I just want to go there and do the same to the people that torture the animals so horrificly!!! This is disgusting.
 

mary f (202)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:56 am
sickening
 

Cheree M (46)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 2:04 am
Sick. Noted. Thanks
 

. (0)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 3:59 am
So sad and heartbreaking.
We are evil
 

Melissa Webber (4)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 4:09 am
THIS IS INHUMANE AND EVIL AND MUST BE STOPPED
 

Echo E (264)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 6:52 am
Deanna, your idea is already being done by Lek at the Elephant Nature Park, I also posted a story with a video interview of her and she explains this. Please check out my other submitted news link to the right and watch the interview with Lek. Supporting her efforts will help make a change, actually here is the link:


An Interview With Hero LEK CHALIART of Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary


And the more this info is circulated the better. Check out my other news about Jokia to get to their website and check that out.

In Africa the same methods are used and the only really good place I know of there is the Sheldrick Wildlife park - it is more of a poaching problem there, than forcing the elephants to work logging or in the streets. So many families are killed in Africa, the babies are taken and put through the same training as the Asian, then sold to zoos and circuses around the world. Even private owners sometimes.
 

Maria P (100)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 7:28 am
Noted! Is there any petitions that we can sign about all these?
 

liz c (827)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 7:36 am
Noted. Thank you. Will forward.
 

Sally D (91)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 7:51 am
This is incomprehensibly cruel and barbaric beyond belief. I cannot begin to even imagine the excruciating physical and mental pain, these beautiful baby elephants endure. They are ripped away from their mothers and then spend ther rest of their lives being beaten & tortured into submission. The government of Thailand, should not be allowed to permit this abhorrent cruelty. A law should be passed to illegalise this archaic and atrocious practice. We are as a world today working towards a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. Governments of all countries should be implementing new Animal Welfare Legislation that prohibits cruelty to all animals. Any organisation and/or individual who neglects, abuses or inflicts mental or physical pain on an animal should be severely punished and serve a hefty prison sentence. I would like to say worse, but I am not a violent person. However, if I witnessed ANY form of animal cruelty, I would make an exception.

THIS IS BARBARIC ON THE WORST POSSIBLE LEVEL AND MY HEART IS BREAKING FOR THESE BABY ELEPHANTS & THEIR MOTHERS WHO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PAIN OF HAVING THEM RIPPED AWAY FROM THEM.

I HAVE WRITTEN MANY LONG LETTERS TO PRESIDENTS, GOVERNMENT LEADERS, MILITARY ESTABLISHENTS, ANIMAL TESTING LABORATORIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS & OTHER ORGANISATIONS REGARDING SO MANY CRUEL BARBARIC PRACTICES AGAINST ANIMALS, SOME OF THE WORST ATROCITIES ARE CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF ENTERTAINTMENT OR TRADITION.

NO COUNTRIY, ORGANISATION OR INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO INTENTIONALLY INFLICT PAIN AND SUFFERING ON A SENTIENT LIVING BEING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

WE ARE BECOMING MUCH MORE AWARE THROUGH THE INTERNET OF THE WORLDWIDE ATROCITIES THAT ANIMALS HAVE TO ENDURE & WE ARE SENDING OUT A HUGE MESSAGE ACROSS OUR WORLD VIA THE WORLD WIDE WEB THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE IT. WE HAVE THE FACILITIES TO MAKE OURSELVES HEARD ACROSS THE GLOBE AND THE RIPPLES WE ARE SENDING OUT ARE FAR REACHING. OUR VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS OF OUR PLANET IS TRAVELLING THROUGH THIS NETWORK AND WE WILL BE HEARD.

SALLY DIX
 

Jesse C (2)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 1:15 pm
Those elephants will get back at them some day!...i love you baby elephants and Im sorry these people are so twisted and think that this is some how right!
 

gerold fahrer (185)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 2:45 pm
people who do that need a doctor!
 

MmAway M (501)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 2:49 pm
Frankly, Gerold F, I have to think that our entire Planet needs help, they are distroying all that is so special...

Totally upset!
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 3:45 pm
Echo,

Thank you for the link. I've begin watching it, but I'll have to break it up into segments. What a fascinating lady.
 

. (0)
Wednesday December 2, 2009, 8:38 pm
This is heartbreaking!
 

Dandelion G (380)
Thursday December 3, 2009, 10:56 am
Poor babies.
 

. (0)
Thursday December 3, 2009, 2:16 pm
Hi Echo,

I have gone to the link and read most of it but cannot find a petition to sign nor a letter to send. I also checked out the website of the Asian Elephants that was supplied by one of the posts, read quite a bit of that and they have address' to send letters but again couldn't find a letter to send nor a petition. I thought of writing a letter myself and sending but that would take ages and like I said I'm just not in that position right now. Please can you supply a letter to send and address' and petitions as well, would really appreciate it.
 

Audra R (31)
Friday December 4, 2009, 4:34 am
Oh, my God!!! What can we do to stop this animal abuse? It is so upsetting... those poor animals...
 

Jakub G (22)
Saturday December 5, 2009, 6:37 am
It's horrible I'll share it!!
 
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