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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

Jul 21, 2018 Terry Vaccaro
Jul 20, 2018 Debi Cortez
Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 18, 2018 nathalie van manen
Jul 17, 2018 Andrea Diekmann Stop this Horror!!
Jul 17, 2018 marie blanche brabant
Jul 14, 2018 Kalliope M.
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2018 Anjum Chugtai
Jul 8, 2018 Diana Moore
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2018 Helene Clifton
Jul 1, 2018 Sarah O’Malley
Jun 30, 2018 Paul Foulger
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 shane Whitaker
Jun 29, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Jun 29, 2018 Sue Wood
Jun 29, 2018 Kim Lacost
Jun 29, 2018 Vangelis Seitanidis
Jun 29, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 28, 2018 Kathleen Corby
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 Carol Painter
Jun 26, 2018 Carol Bostick
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs Menschen = saddistische, empathielose Spezies..... ....Asiaten = empathielose, sadistische hoch 2 Dreckspack
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

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