Kiri and Seila Campaign
Please email or post this letter to voice your concern for the elephants and animals at Phnom Penh Safari in Cambodia.
Cambodia’s famous elephants, Kiri and Seila, are loved locally and around the world. They previously lived at Teuk Chhou Zoo for nearly 20 years, where EARS ASIA cared for them for 3 years. Whilst this wasn't ideal, they were not treated inhumanely, nor were they trained. They were inseparable friends and were free to express natural behaviours, bathe, and play.
In 2018, the zoo closed and Kiri and Seila were relocated to Phnom Penh Safari.
The above video shows Kiri (renamed Peter) and Seila (renamed Nancy) trained, chained, and underweight. Both elephants have deep wounds and scars on their head from bull hook abuse. Kiri and Seila had wonderful personalities but the mahouts have tortured both of them to break their spirits for the tourism entertainment industry.
This is not conservation, education, or tradition.
This is cruelty.
We appeal to H.E. Okhna Ly Yong Phat and the Management of Phnom Penh Safari to give the elephants a natural sanctuary environment where they are free to roam, socialize, bathe, and play.
This video highlights the cruelty at the tiger, crocodile, and orangutan shows that occur twice daily. The tigers are declawed and appear thin, they cower in fear from the trainers electric prod/whip. The orangutans are forced to perform in boxing shows, ride bikes, twirl hoops, and wear degrading outfits. The crocodiles are brutally tormented, pulled around by their tails, and beaten to exhaustion.
These animals will have been trained through fear and violent beatings, starved to learn repetitive tricks, and then perform for food rewards in front of public.
This is worlds away from the forests of Southeast Asia where these endangered animals should be living.
Animal shows only promote cruelty to animals and do not educate visitors about the importance to protect endangered wildlife. Instead, visitors could learn about the natural wild behaviours of animals. The elephants could be bathing in pools and playing in the mud, the orangutans high in purpose built tree canopies, the tigers cooling in fresh water pools, and crocodiles basking peacefully in the sun.
We continue our appeal to H.E. Oknya Ly Yong Phat and the Management of Safari World to to Stop the Cruelty at Phnom Penh Safari and instead embrace a compassionate, ethical approach for your animals in a natural sanctuary environment.
Wildlife populations are being decimated throughout Southeast Asia.
This is an opportunity to educate the importance to love, protect,
and preserve Southeast Asia's wildlife.