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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

Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 17, 2018 Angela Ramirez
Jun 17, 2018 Jan Stark
Jun 16, 2018 Gino Czaster
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 14, 2018 Vanessa Medina
Jun 13, 2018 Jamie Lovell
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2018 Pam Bassett Please have a heart ; give these animals the lives they deserve and the life they were intended to have before people interfered
Jun 8, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 8, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Overton
Jun 8, 2018 Aida Candeal
Jun 8, 2018 Pamela Timmerman
Jun 8, 2018 Ellen McCann
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Chang
Jun 7, 2018 Samantha Meurett
Jun 7, 2018 Josie Hampstead
Jun 7, 2018 Inger Britt
Jun 7, 2018 Gabriella Armstrong One of the most misunderstood animal in the world. Their suffering is immense.
Jun 7, 2018 Eliana Mateus
Jun 7, 2018 Michelle Colligan
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Robert Cope
Jun 6, 2018 Laurel Munson
Jun 6, 2018 Deb Stimax
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop this animal abuse! Heartless people!
Jun 6, 2018 Dragana Mirkovic
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 Doreen Walter
May 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 Joyce Dolence
May 30, 2018 Harriet Shalat
May 30, 2018 Cindy Kliege
May 29, 2018 Maik Machemehl
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 29, 2018 Toni Popp
May 29, 2018 Rosi Lüft
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 Silke Knopf STOP!!
May 29, 2018 Ulrich Baum
May 29, 2018 Susann Knerr
May 29, 2018 Mia D
May 29, 2018 Elisabeth Casatta
May 28, 2018 Elvira Schmutz
May 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Sigrid Müller
May 27, 2018 Khristyn Messrob

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