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Elephant Trainer Beats Australian Tourist - Police

Offbeat  (tags: australian tourists, beaten, elephants abused, police, ma )

- 3106 days ago -
An enraged Thai elephant trainer beat an Australian tourist with a hooked stick after the man criticised him for using elephants to milk cash from tourists, Thai police said.


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Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 8:30 pm
Thanks for this news, Simone.

Animae C (509)
Wednesday December 15, 2010, 11:35 pm
Very brave of Mr William!
Disgusting that it has to come to this!

Terry B (649)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 5:29 am
Thailand is another place that needs a good spraying with HIV to get rid of the humans without harming the other animals like these elephants.

Brittany D (28)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 5:57 am
I'm glad Kingsley William told him the truth. But it is not right what happened to him.

janet f (29)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 12:49 pm
Why would anyone who cares about animals travel to a country like Thailand? Spend your money in a place where animals aren't abused on a daily basis.

Toni C (508)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 1:03 pm
Mr. William put himself in the position he found himself. No, I don't agree that elephants should be used in this manner, but it is not his right, as a visitor to the country, to criticize the locals.

Patricia A (0)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 1:13 pm
Brave thing to do, for Mr. Williams to stand up face to face to the man perpetrating the abuse and exploitation. People who exploit animals in this manner, refuse to acknowledge that they are full sentient beings because it is self serving to deny this truth, but they know on some level that there is growing awareness that they are being cruel and that they can longer get away with the farce that they "love" their charges, people are seeing it for EXACTLY what it is-cruelty. That is why the perpetrators are getting more and more angry at animal activists, even trying to turn the tables and calling us "terrorists" such as the dairy industry, puppy mill industry etc., because we are exposing the truth in undercover video footage, peaceful protest and petitions (of course we know that labeling activists "terrorists" is like blaming the the witness of a hit and run for the accident-complete nonsense). They know they are wrong, they know they are being exposed for what they are, they can longer hide and they enraged. As Ghandi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". That man's uncontrollable violent outburst is an extension of the violence within him that makes it possible for him to abuse and exploit animals, it is so sad but at the same time it is an sign that all of it is coming to a fever pitch, and that means change is on the way, even if it means only for that one elephant, it is still a good thing. To bad that "trainer" is not here in the US, we could plan peaceful protests next to stand every other day! Thanks Mr. Williams and Simone.

Patricia A (0)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 1:16 pm
No matter where we are in the world, if we see wrong doing, people exploiting the innocent animals , children, infirm, I believe it is our duty to say something. Not with violence but to use our given gift of voice and expression. We are betraying our morals and ethics if we do not.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 1:21 pm
Thanks Simone.

Beth Tatum (95)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 1:21 pm
I wish more people would speak out on behalf of elephants.

S B (1)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 2:11 pm
Take a cue from Mr. Kingsley William and don't support tourism that exploits animals!

Jacki Hileman (20)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 2:12 pm
where do people get off ?

Phillip I (67)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 2:20 pm
As much as I revere the man, Ghandi could just as well left those people under English rule.

Beth C (8)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 3:39 pm
It is sad what is done to these noble animals....

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 4:30 pm
Is it any wonder? The link between animal abuse and violence against our fellow humans has been proved time and time again.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 4:32 pm
@Sioux D, re: "Thailand is another place that needs a good spraying with HIV to get rid of the humans without harming the other animals like these elephants." What a terrifying suggestion you made. You owe mankind an apology for making such an obscene suggestion. HIV is no laughing matter.

Laverne Wallace (59)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 4:39 pm
He should have taken that stick away from him and stuck it in a funny place to everyone but him.

Marti Williams (170)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 5:20 pm

Kate Kenner (215)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 5:34 pm
I don't even want to think about how he probably treats his elephant. One does not use animals as entertainemen

Charlene Rush (2)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 6:05 pm
An out of control elephant trainer, just what the tourist industry needs.

Gloria H (88)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 6:07 pm
next thing the trainer will do will be exploiting small children to tourists interested in the sex trade. Hope his elephant stomps on him. I'd gladly buy a bananna to see the creep get his just desserts!

Constance F (418)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 8:08 pm
It's bad enough the trainer exploits animals, but further, if the elephant trainer has this much rage when criticized, I wonder how he treats the elephants. Scary.

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 10:46 pm
I didn't see anything in the article about whether this trainer recieved any punishment for attacking another human with a deadly weapon ????

Rose Becke (141)
Friday December 17, 2010, 12:16 am
Kudos to him but how dare he be beaten!

Justin R (0)
Friday December 17, 2010, 11:12 am
...wonder how he treats the elephant. Get rid of the useless trainer!

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday December 18, 2010, 9:38 pm
I feel bad for the poor elephant....
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