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Most elephants used in tourism industry in Asia are in poor conditions: WAP report

Most of the over 2,900 captive elephants in Asian tourism industry are kept in poor or unacceptable conditions, animal rights body World Animal Protection said in a report on Thursday.

The report puts the spotlight on Thailand, where 2,198 elephants were used for tourism, more than 75 percent of the total, followed by 617 in India and 166 in Sri Lanka.

The report is the result of a two-year long investigation by WAP which surveyed 2,923 elephants living in 220 establishments in Asia.

“When not giving rides or performing, the elephants were typically chained day and night, most of the time to chains less than three metres long. They were also fed poor diets, given limited appropriate veterinary care and were frequently kept on concrete floors in stressful locations near loud music, roads or visitor groups,” said the report.

WAP makes an appeal to raise awareness among tourists and asks local communities and governments to improve the regulation and protection of the animals.

Thai PBS

 

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