|The Millennium sanctuary|
Sri Lanka also has a large number of captive elephants, which are much easier to see. I knew, however, that most captive elephants are very badly treated, so I did not want to go to just any elephant tourist attraction. I rode elephants in Vietnam (before I knew about widespread abuse of elephants) and it was amazing, one of my life highlights at that time. But since then I've learned that howdahs (the chairs used for riding elephants) are very bad for elephant health and cause horrible wounds. How to repeat, without encouraging elephant torture?
|B is bathing the elephant: they love the water!|
|R was a little frightened of the elephant and wouldn't touch him|
kidnapped from their families in the wild (elephants breed very poorly in captivity), and to "tame" them is in most cases done by extreme abuse until their spirit is broken. So even though all this abuse already happened, I wonder if by patronizing captive elephant attractions (and thus indirectly creating a demand for them) I am thus encouraging such abuse?
|You take a casual stroll through some rice paddies: we got an extra-long walk for free, because R is cute|
|Here you can see the mahout's pole better (the thing in his other hand is a piece of reed for snacking, not a weapon)|