Phajaan / Crush
The Crush' means "to divorce the #baby #elephant from its #spirit" or to ''split the will" of a baby elephant.
Phajaan or ‘Crushing’ is the traditional Asian torture of young elephants to break their spirit. It is done so that they are submissive to humans.
Baby elephants are tethered and dragged to a clearing where the crush cage is located. These fragile #elephants will be kept in small crates, their front and back legs
bound with ropes in order for their limbs to be stretched.
Repeatedly beaten with sharp metal and other tools, the helpless baby elephants will be constantly yelled and screamed at. They are stabbed, burned and beaten, as well as starved of food and deprived of water.
Bull hooks (a tool used in most forms of elephant control) will be used to stab the animal's head, slash the skin and tug the ears. Asian elephants used in trekking (elephant rides), #circuses or any other form of #entertainment, often have shredded or torn ears from their tissue being ripped and pulled away during the training process. They also often have scars on their foreheads from deep lacerations caused by beatings.
The #Phajaan may last from several days to weeks, most elephants go through it when they are 3-6 years, but they can be younger depending on the age at which they were taken from their mothers. They have no rest from physical torture and mental domination. Gradually, their spirits are broken, as their handlers achieve control.
In the final stage of the Phajaan, the elephant’s #mahout will bring the #animal its first meal with water, and will be the one to ''release'' the elephant and lead it away from the crate. After weeks of torture, mental and emotional abuse, loneliness, confusion and separation, the elephant sees this human figure as its saviour – the one it trusts. This is just another stage of mental and #emotional #manipulation, of course, but it is how a particular mahout gains such immense control over its animal. For more info go to via: @loveone_project #istandwithmypack #iswmp #riseagainstextinction #extinctionisforever #saveelephants #elephants #elephant #babyelephant #stopcruelty #animalright