Stand up to Help Elephants getting Abused in Thailand

Elephants are getting abused and tortured daily. They are beaten brutally with bullhooks and bamboo sticks. They are beat nearly to death so tourists can ride them and watch them do human things such as paint, play football, and other things animals should not be forced to do. Elephants are endangered as is so we need to do something about it, now before we're too late. We can help to end it though. To save the elephants. If we all mark out "riding an elephant in Thailand" off our bucketlist, we can end this brutal cycle now.Please credit and share this article with others using this link:

To ethically interact with elephants10 places you need to go

Interacting with elephants is a signature experience of visiting Asia. What most tourists don't realize, though, is that every single elephant who gives rides, paints pictures or performs in a show has been physically and emotionally abused in ways you can never unsee once you've been shown.To get a sense of what that entails - grab tissues because you're going to learn about the crush box - watch Love and Bananas, a powerful documentary that should be required viewing. It follows the rescue of a 70-year-old, partially blind trekking elephant by Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, who was named Time magazine's Hero of Asia, and who founded Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.Please credit and share this article with others using this link:

Thai tycoon found guilty for poaching but freed ahead of appeal

The head of one of Thailand's largest construction firms has been sentenced to 16 months in jail on three poaching charges but is free pending an appeal.Premchai Karnasuta was caught with hunting gear and animal carcasses, including a black panther, in a protected sanctuary in February 2018.Three of his employees, but not Premchai, were found guilty on Tuesday of possessing the panther carcass.The case had sparked an outcry over the impunity of the rich and powerful.Premchai is head of Italian-Thai Development, a Bangkok-based firm that helped build the capital's Suvarnabhumi airport and Skytrain rail link.The high-profile case has been closely followed in Thailand, where convictions for poaching happen often but rarely when it comes to prominent people.What happened in court?The 64-year-old was found guilty of possessing the carcass of a Kalij pheasant and firearms in public areas, and supporting others to hunt in a protected wildlife sanctuary.His cook and driver were given lesser sentences, while his hunting guide was the only one found guilty of hunting and was sentenced to three years and five months.Premchai was granted bail of 400,000 baht (£9,500, $12,600) as the court did not consider him a flight risk.What happened last year?Park rangers arrested the construction…

Vietnam corporation accused of ‘ruthless exploitation’ of bears for entertainment

A Vietnamese corporation has been accused of exploiting moon bears to entertain tourists near the resort town of Nha Trang, although it said its bears are kept under 'proper' care.Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia says the Long Phu Corporation kept juvenile moon bears in "deplorable conditions" and "forced (them) to perform bizarre tricks for the entertainment of tourists."The bears are malnourished, muzzled on stage and used for selfies off stage, before being returned to "tiny, barren" cages hidden from visitors."This is the most ruthless exploitation of a protected species. Clearly no thought is given to the welfare of the bears as they endure an utterly miserable existence," Nguyen Tam Thanh, Animals Asia Animal Welfare Department Manager, said in a statement.Vuong Cam Van, a communications officer from Long Phu, told VnExpress International that the company does use bears for circus performances. "But the animals receive proper care." Van said Animals Asia was "overreacting" with its accusations.The mouth muzzle, she claimed, was "to protect the audience as the bears' performances took place in open space."Vietnamese law does not prohibit animal performances, but certain species like bears, macaques and elephants are protected from exploitation, including poaching and trading for profit, according to the…

Cheers as six baby elephants, trapped in mudhole, are rescued by rangers in Thailand

Six baby elephants, trapped in a mud hole and separated from their parents, have been rescued by a team of park rangers in northeastern Thailand.The rangers came across the elephant calves on Wednesday afternoon as they were struggling to climb the pit’s slippery banks, according to officials of Thap Lan National Park.Some of the rangers went for help, while others spent the night with the baby elephants.On Thursday, as the elephants wallowed together at one side of the pit, rangers at the other side spent four hours using hoes and pickaxes to dig out enough mud to form a ramp.Captive elephants given second chance in Myanmar sanctuary planVideo of the great elephant escape released by the Department of National Parks shows the animals climbing out of the muck and quickly heading into the forest, a few dozen metres away.The rangers cheer the elephants on, with comments like “Go, go on, child!”One elephant struggles, slips and falls, but finally all make it out of the muck.The last of the animals then lingers, after all the others have made it past the tree line. It faces the rangers for a moment, turns, pauses and finally runs into the jungle.Jail for Chinese ‘Ivory…

Elephants trample suspected rhino poacher to death in South African national park – The Washington Post

Elephants trample suspected rhino poacher to death in South African national park  The Washington Post Suspected poacher trampled to death by elephants in South Africa  CNN Suspected poacher killed by elephants at South African national park  ABC News Elephants trample suspected poacher in South African park; second poacher injured and missing  USA TODAY Suspected poacher killed by elephants in South African national park  PennLive View Full Coverage on Google News