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The illegal elephant trade is surging in Thailand, propelled by the tourism and entertainment industries. At the center of it all is the horrifying Surin Elephant Festival.

Held annually, this deplorable spectacle serves as both a venue for the sale of illegally poached wild elephants, and a major tourist attraction. Once captured, these gregarious animals are confined, beaten, deprived of sleep and food, and ultimately "broken" for a lifetime of labor. As many as 300 elephants per year shuffle through the festival grounds.

Worst of all, Surin's elephant trafficking hinges upon the illegal capture and sale of babies, torn from their mothers in the wild during the vitally important infancy period.

Elephant labor is pivotal to the Thai economy, making a blanket prohibition virtually impossible. Instead, we must offer economically and environmentally viable alternatives for the elephants and their handlers ("mahouts").

Join us in asking the Thai government to phase out the elephant entertainment industry by:

  1. prohibiting the sale and trade of baby elephants at the Surin Elephant Festival, and
  2. funding the maintenance and expansion of Elephant Nature Park, a nonprofit that creates sanctuaries in which elephants roam freely and their mahouts earn a living wage. (Read more by clicking "More about this issue…" below.)

Compliance with each of these requests would not only create a real, long-term alternative to elephant exploitation, but also significantly slow the pace of trafficking in Thailand.

With as few as 900 wild elephants left in Thailand, the time to take action is now! Sign below to demand that the Surin Provincial Governor take real steps to end elephant exploitation!

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Dear Surin Provincial Governor,

For years, we have been heartbroken to watch as hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent, healthy elephants are torn from their habitats, confined, beaten, and "broken" in the name of entertainment at the Surin Elephant Festival.

Not only are Surin's performances inhumane and abusive, the elephant trafficking that this event encourages hinges upon the illegal capture and sale of wild calves, separated from their mothers during the vitally important infancy period.

We would, of course, love to see this exploitative festival put to an end, but we understand that this situation is complex. A blanket ban would leave hundreds of elephants homeless and even more mahouts out of work, not to mention do nothing to shrink the role of elephant labor in the Thai economy.

We therefore propose a two-part solution that’s a win-win for all parties. We urge that you:

  1. outlaw the sale of all baby elephants, wild or domesticated, at the Surin Festival. In the short term, this will ensure calves stay with their mothers in the wild until they are fully weaned (around age 10). In the long term, this will greatly reduce the number of trafficked elephants in general, as adults are significantly more difficult to capture than calves.
  2. begin endorsing the maintenance and expansion of Elephant Nature Park. If supported, Elephant Nature Park sanctuaries can provide employment for mahouts, as well as healthy, happy living conditions for “retired” elephants.

Compliance with these requests will not only create a sustainable alternative to elephant exploitation, but also significantly slow the pace of trafficking in Thailand, and potentially phase it out completely.

With as few as 900 wild elephants left in Thailand, the time to take action is now. Please commit to ending elephant exploitation before it’s too late.


Petition Signatures

Nov 19, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Barbara Miles
Nov 19, 2017 robin matere
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Susan Diller
Nov 18, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Nov 18, 2017 Judi Kaleh
Nov 16, 2017 DM L
Nov 16, 2017 Kathryn Murray Barbaric, cruel, torture. And you call this a festival?? Stop this abuse now.
Nov 16, 2017 Kelly Hudson
Nov 15, 2017 Anne Élise Grégoire
Nov 15, 2017 Evelyn Enteman
Nov 15, 2017 Alison Jones
Nov 15, 2017 Fe Camila Azupardo
Nov 15, 2017 johanes bihova
Nov 14, 2017 Beata Morgunova
Nov 14, 2017 Saddie Al
Nov 14, 2017 Susan Sullivan
Nov 14, 2017 Carey Abbs
Nov 14, 2017 Jo Winstone
Nov 13, 2017 jill phipps
Nov 13, 2017 Misa Cajnko
Nov 13, 2017 Marlene Broun
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) When the is the mother-fucking-human race going to quit abusing the animals...
Nov 13, 2017 Glenda Deaton
Nov 13, 2017 maralyn james
Nov 13, 2017 Shelley Ogden 😢
Nov 13, 2017 Diane Beeny
Nov 13, 2017 susan munro
Nov 13, 2017 Rebecca Reyes
Nov 13, 2017 NANCY O
Nov 13, 2017 Ainsley Veitch Have that mercy to stop what you are doing for once
Nov 13, 2017 Bijin Chihiro
Nov 13, 2017 Irene Nawo-Eichner
Nov 13, 2017 Suzanne Bouchard
Nov 13, 2017 khyati sabherwal
Nov 13, 2017 Joslynne Davidson
Nov 13, 2017 Emily English
Nov 13, 2017 Beata TAX Shame on you.Awfull disgusting people.Leave our precious animals alone
Nov 13, 2017 Melanie Galow
Nov 13, 2017 Enza Di napoli
Nov 13, 2017 Ursula Gumlaw
Nov 13, 2017 Cyndi Wood ALL LIFE MATTERS!!!
Nov 13, 2017 Petra Stadtmueller
Nov 13, 2017 christine hlushtchyk ITS TIME TO STOP THE ABUSE & TORTURE!!
Nov 13, 2017 jan haubold
Nov 13, 2017 chako t kohsaka Animals should not be victimized for humans' conveniences. They do not belong to human.
Nov 13, 2017 Vivian Kral
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE

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