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September 25, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

With immediate effect, Asian Oasis is announcing that it will no longer provide elephant rides with all tour packages.

Physical and Mental Health of Elephants

Because elephants are gentle by nature, we forget that they are meant to roam free in the wild. Trained elephants are captive elephants. Training them entails something akin to torture (e.g. deprivation of social contact, denial of food, living in confined area) at young age in order to tame them to force them to work for shows or treks. Elephants are intelligent animals with complex Baitong-elephantemotions and social bonds. The process of controlling and training them can leave them traumatised, as well as unpredictable and aggressive. They do not breed well in captivity and due to poor living conditions they tend to die younger than wild elephants.

What You Can Do

By avoiding elephant rides and shows, we believe that both travellers and tour operators can show strong support towards the end of animal cruelty in tourism.

Asian Oasis has decided to discontinue all programmes that include elephant riding. We are doing this because we believe these programmes in general add to the exploitation of elephants in Thailand.

“It has always been my passion to sustain, protect and improve local culture and the environment through economic growth, education and employment opportunities. I believe that through our initiatives, the local communities will learn and understand that taking animals out of their natural habitat and using them for tourism purposes is neither kind to animals nor is it a sustainable activity that we support.” said Chananya Phataraprasit, Executive of Asian Oasis.

Any new booking of the tours will not include elephant rides. The elephant rides will still be provided for guests who have paid for tour packages with this tour activity.

Tom Armstrong, Director of Experience Travel said: “Experience Travel supports the on-going efforts of Asian Oasis to improve their excellent range of experience-based travel offerings in Thailand. We give our full backing to their decision to stop using elephants in their programmes. We believe our clients will also appreciate and support this move and Asian Oasis’ wider commitment to fair, responsible and sustainable tourism.”

Mr Rachet Wapeetha, Development Manager, Lisu Lodge fully supports this decision as well, saying “After so many years of working in, and watching the tourism development in the  Mae Tang area, I have become most concerned about the well-being of the elephants. I believe that elephants should be kept in their natural habitat and should not endure hardship for our pleasure. We welcome the news that we will be discontinuing activities involving elephants.”

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