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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


Oct 22, 2017 sondra morrow
Oct 22, 2017 Lori Santos
Oct 22, 2017 janine pol
Oct 21, 2017 Krn Leon
Oct 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2017 Bonnie Spangenberg
Oct 21, 2017 John Moszyk
Oct 21, 2017 Kathy Fujimoto
Oct 21, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 21, 2017 KATHY MURPHY Send these majestic animals to a sanctuary!
Oct 20, 2017 Adam Ostler
Oct 17, 2017 Betsy Baytos
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 15, 2017 Peter Simon
Oct 14, 2017 Julie Miller
Oct 14, 2017 celia perigord
Oct 14, 2017 Marie Brown If tourists realize that elephants are being abused it will reflect very badly on Thailand's friendly image.
Oct 14, 2017 doris gonen
Oct 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 14, 2017 Carli Meil
Oct 14, 2017 sandy goncarovs This is heartbreaking and evil. Stop this!
Oct 14, 2017 Kate Bernhart
Oct 14, 2017 Laura Prohaska
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 13, 2017 Orysia Dagney
Oct 13, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
Oct 13, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 13, 2017 Kathryn Fenn
Oct 13, 2017 Crystal Miller
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 Wayne Brummer
Oct 13, 2017 Harolyn Giordano Please commit to ending elephant exploitation before it’s too late.
Oct 13, 2017 Alysa` Waring
Oct 13, 2017 María Jose Saenz
Oct 13, 2017 Donna Partin
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Burrows
Oct 11, 2017 Jennifer Breitigan
Oct 11, 2017 Tracy Schalk
Oct 9, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 9, 2017 Kat Raisky
Oct 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2017 antony mcguinness
Oct 4, 2017 Monica Kelly
Oct 3, 2017 Renny Wouterse
Oct 3, 2017 Fausta Dimascio
Oct 3, 2017 Angela Meeks
Oct 3, 2017 Marina Jelicic
Oct 2, 2017 Louise Moore
Oct 2, 2017 Christine Saranchuk

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