3 WAYS YOU CAN #BEKINDTOELEPHANTS
1. Don’t ride them- elephants are stolen from their families as babies, tortured and beaten into submission and “broken” so they can be ridden. They suffer a life of fear, starvation, and threat of injury.
2. Don’t hunt them- not only are elephant numbers dropping by the thousands every single year, but the information and knowledge passed from one generation to the next is also being lost. Matriarchs pass on valuable knowledge about migration paths, watering holes, food sources, and how to deal with threats to their herds. There is also research being conducted into the role older bulls play in passing on information to younger males. Killing these important individuals could result in the collapse of entire herds, and with them- ecosystems.
3. Do your research- voluntourism has become a popular experience for many travellers, and unfortunately there are facilities that take advantage of this. Be very careful what “sanctuaries” you support, as many do not treat their animals well, still allow riding or standing on the animals, and use outdated methods for controlling the animals. @waspinternational is a great place to find ethical sanctuaries that put the needs of the animals above all else.
Post by End Extinction International / @endextinctionintl
Photo by Julia Wheeler / @iamjuliawheeler