Every year, millions of tourists flock to Asia. Often at the top of their bucket list is to see an elephant. Many choose an elephant ride without knowing about the cruelty inflicted to these beautiful animals.
At most elephant camps catering to tourists, elephants give rides, perform in shows, and paint pictures. Both behind the scenes and often in front of us, elephants are beaten and stabbed with hooks, nails, knives and spears, forced to obey to do the same repetitive routine each day. They have wounds and scars from years of abuse, are often dehydrated, underfed, over-worked, tired, suffer physical and psychological trauma, and when not working, they are chained and deprived of natural behaviours and social interaction with other elephants.