Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 40,000 Progress: 8,987
Sponsored by:

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!

Sign Here

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

Jun 26, 2017 G. Bommelaere
Jun 26, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
Jun 26, 2017 linda magyar Please find it in your heart to stop this horrific cruelty and abuse.
Jun 26, 2017 Sherry Fitzpatrick Please have some kind of empathy and give the elephants a chance to live!!!!!!
Jun 26, 2017 Carole Arbour
Jun 26, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 26, 2017 Heike Werner
Jun 25, 2017 Carolina Nunes
Jun 24, 2017 Sara Vilhena
Jun 24, 2017 Denise McGowan-Guida Exploiting these beautiful animals is abhorrent and must be stopped. Support the Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary.
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2017 Annie Murphy Please give these precious animals the care and respect they deserve! Thank you!
Jun 23, 2017 liz leon
Jun 23, 2017 Pandora Edmonston
Jun 23, 2017 Rev. Cat Cassidy Outlaw the sale of ALL baby elephants immediately. Endorse the expansion of Elephant Nature Park; to do any less is CRIMINAL. End elephant exploitation before there are no elephants left.
Jun 23, 2017 louise gordon
Jun 23, 2017 Angela Thomas
Jun 22, 2017 sirena green
Jun 22, 2017 Sandra Veillette Oh Thailand can do much better in their treatment of elephants.
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Minerva
Jun 22, 2017 Donna Guarino
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Wellman
Jun 22, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Phipps
Jun 21, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Jun 21, 2017 Barbara Cahoone
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Adrienne Eisenberg
Jun 21, 2017 Silvia Agnoli
Jun 21, 2017 Nancy Gregory
Jun 19, 2017 Julia James
Jun 19, 2017 Annie Capek
Jun 19, 2017 Maria-Rita Christoph
Jun 18, 2017 Jutta van Vorst
Jun 17, 2017 Kristin Cucolo
Jun 17, 2017 Paola Moretti
Jun 17, 2017 M C MYERS
Jun 17, 2017 Evelyne DOMPMARTIN-DERI
Jun 17, 2017 sandra barker
Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 15, 2017 Barbara Dincau
Jun 15, 2017 Ileana Lopez
Jun 14, 2017 Donna Gleaves Expand the Elephant Nature Park to accommodate more baby elephants, wild or domesticated. Exploiting these magnificent animals must cease ... not next 2020 but NOW.
Jun 14, 2017 Kim Taylor
Jun 14, 2017 kay roberts
Jun 14, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
Jun 14, 2017 Linda Cook
Jun 13, 2017 shanna ritchie

back to top

Diamonds On My Sleeve Top
Share this page and help protect habitat: