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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Yonkers, NY 10704

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'Dumbo' in Metro

In today's METRO (another popular freebie newspaper recently available in NY) there is an article called TRAVEL AROUND THAILAND THE OLD FASHIONED WAY- TREK BY ELEPHANT TO A PLACE REMOVED FROM HUSTLE, BUSTLE which features several photos of a man riding an elephant (one on the front page).  Here is a portion of the text:

"Hand-feeding a hungry elephant is an unnerving experience.  At the first whiff of a banana, its leathery gray trunk snakes out, probes the air and sucks it from your hand with a squelch.  It is like shoving fruit into a wet vacuum cleaner nozzle.  It may be unpleasant, but if you're about to plunge into northern Thailand perched on an elephant's neck, you have to get your vehicle on your side.

...'Hold onto its forehead and dig your heels into the side of its neck,' said Chan, my enthusiastic guide.  Steering an elephant sounded easy enough.  But 10 minutes into the trek, my thighs were chafing on Dumbo's course hide.  It wasn't luxury travel, but as we searched in the tropical heat for a Lahu village, I was happy to let Dumbo do the work.

A trek offers a chance to walk through beautiful forests...on top of that, you learn how to steer an elephant, and you never know when that may come in useful." (Ed Johnson).

METRO states it is 'the world's largest global newspaper, with 14 million daily readers in 37 major cities.'  Please tell METRO this elephant isn't a damn block of wood - she is a living, breathing sentient being; and I despise the term 'Dumbo' - it's not even this particular animal's name, which would be bad enough; the report just improvised.

letters to the editor:  letters@metro.us  incl name, contact info.  

They prefer letters to be 100 wds or less (though some printed ones are considerable longer).


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