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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.

Respectfully,

Petition Signatures


Apr 27, 2017 elena knox
Apr 26, 2017 Helen Ryan
Apr 26, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Apr 26, 2017 Terri Gits
Apr 25, 2017 Christina Hearns
Apr 23, 2017 Joan Woods
Apr 23, 2017 Cynthia Quast
Apr 23, 2017 Roxanne Dropp
Apr 21, 2017 Jewell Batway
Apr 21, 2017 Corrina Parker
Apr 21, 2017 Sanand D
Apr 20, 2017 Kathleen Siskron
Apr 19, 2017 Annette Utz
Apr 18, 2017 Frances Mehan Wild animals belong in the wild they are not possessions and should be free. Babies of all kinds should never be taken from their mothers. People would not enjoy it if someone took their children so why is it ok to take babies from animals.
Apr 18, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 17, 2017 Makise Chika
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 Mariko Horisawa
Apr 16, 2017 Charlotte Vrancart
Apr 15, 2017 Connie Moreno
Apr 14, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Apr 14, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Rosa Rodriguez
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2017 Nancy Rabete THIS IS SO VERY SAD. HOW HORRIBLE FOR THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS. STOP THIS AWFUL AND INHUMANE ACT ON ELEPHANTS !! HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELF KNOWING YOU CAN DO THIS.? I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE YOU WHEN GOD JUDGES YOU FOR THIS... STOP AND REPENT !!
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 13, 2017 michelle morgan
Apr 12, 2017 Carla Rodrigues
Apr 12, 2017 kiri Talbot
Apr 12, 2017 Erin Kennedy
Apr 11, 2017 Andrea Harrison
Apr 11, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Apr 11, 2017 Marco Escalante
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 sarah Priest
Apr 11, 2017 Cynthia Pearson
Apr 11, 2017 Lucy Peden
Apr 11, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 11, 2017 Ravinder Singh
Apr 11, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Apr 11, 2017 Kir Ing
Apr 11, 2017 Kir Ing
Apr 11, 2017 Lora Hamman
Apr 11, 2017 Silvia Wolff
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 8, 2017 joanne white
Apr 7, 2017 Caterina Raviglione

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