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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


May 22, 2017 Nicholas Flanagan
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Susan Bain Please stop!
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May 19, 2017 Urszula Lund
May 18, 2017 Malgorzata Dragowska
May 17, 2017 theresa Mitchum
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May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Terrie Matson
May 16, 2017 Christina Klein
May 15, 2017 Helen Wright
May 13, 2017 Lydia Benade
May 12, 2017 Tony Buitrago
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May 10, 2017 Lix Tuls lixl0000000@gmail.com
May 10, 2017 Shirley Davies
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May 9, 2017 Libby Wood
May 9, 2017 George Theobald
May 9, 2017 Agnes Hetzel
May 9, 2017 Riva Kelton
May 9, 2017 carla howard
May 7, 2017 Anna Krieger
May 6, 2017 Ruth Goldschmidt
May 6, 2017 Alessandra Paolini
May 6, 2017 Tonie Hernandez
May 6, 2017 Elizabeth Hurlbut
May 6, 2017 Gail Cooper
May 6, 2017 Andrea Beltrami
May 5, 2017 Jennifer Reinert
May 5, 2017 Sandy Loney
May 5, 2017 Kalliope M.
May 5, 2017 Pamela Puskarich
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May 3, 2017 Mary Prelovsky
May 3, 2017 Julie Possick
May 3, 2017 Nancy Wein
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May 1, 2017 David Antos
Apr 30, 2017 Christy Lawrence
Apr 27, 2017 elena knox
Apr 26, 2017 Helen Ryan
Apr 26, 2017 silke kleinhenz
Apr 26, 2017 Terri Gits

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