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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

May 22, 2018 g smith
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Deena Walker Please protect these majestic creatures. Stop the human barbarity!
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 21, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 21, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
May 21, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
May 21, 2018 Natalie Gray
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 21, 2018 Susan Borghese
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 19, 2018 Chemane Krasner
May 18, 2018 Kimberly Worman
May 17, 2018 faye munro
May 17, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
May 17, 2018 Amina Dhumaad
May 17, 2018 sylvia kurdjian
May 16, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 15, 2018 Ann Plimpton
May 14, 2018 Jeanne Waliczek
May 14, 2018 Deborah Berwick
May 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2018 Jane Davidson
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 laura Haworth
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Donald Glenister
May 6, 2018 Jeanne Bradbury THAILAND: Your disgusting, continuing torture of elephants is a NATIONAL DISGRACE before the World Community. WHERE IS YOUR HUMANITY?
May 5, 2018 Anais Cudel
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 23, 2018 Simona Eastlake
Apr 23, 2018 Rebecka Mendoza
Apr 23, 2018 Dorothy Dagnall
Apr 23, 2018 Jennifer Luttrell
Apr 17, 2018 C. Marshall Are there Humane and Sustainable ways of working with these animals??
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Ratna Chandra
Apr 12, 2018 Kristine Richter
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Apr 9, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 8, 2018 Brigitte Hecht
Apr 6, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Apr 6, 2018 Jo Cairns

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