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Outrage In Thailand: Save Aged Elephants From Confiscation And Death!

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Originally Posted: April 2, 2012

Outrage In Thailand: Save Aged Elephants From Confiscation And Death!

[Ed. Note: To learn more about this elephant sanctuary that has been raided, visit Elephant Nature Foundation]

FROM In Defense of Animals (IDA)


Send a message to the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC, urging an immediate end to the raids on legitimate rescue organizations and the return of all animals to the WFFT. Your message will be copied to the Thai government's Public Relations Department.

Sign an online petition:

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Royal Thai Embassy
1024 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007
phone (202) 944-3600
fax (202) 944-3611
general information email address: [email protected]


The world-renowned Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Thailand, which rescues aging, sick and disabled elephants from the trekking and logging industries, has been raided repeatedly by government authorities who are threatening to confiscate as many as eight elephants. Why? Because ENP founder Sangduan “Lek” Chailert, a celebrated conservationist, spoke out against the recent slaughter of elephants in Thailand’s national parks. These killings allegedly were orchestrated to supply baby elephants for tourism, with the involvement of government officials.

More raids are now feared. So far, Lek has been able to protect these elephants who have already suffered enough, but they could be taken away at any time from their safe haven. She has bravely sworn to do whatever is necessary to protect them, even go to jail.

Confiscations at other locations, including the highly respected Wildlife Friends of Thailand (WFFT), have resulted in the deaths of two gibbons and one elephant. According to the group’s press release, the elephant was chained and unable to move at a government-designated location, and there was no keeper assigned to care for her or any of the other twenty-plus confiscated elephants. It states: “There is now great concern for the physical and mental well-being and lives of more elephants there.”

WFFT director Edwin Wiek, who also spoke out against the elephant killings, has said that more than half the elephants in tourist camps in Thailand were illegally smuggled from the wild and sold to middlemen who torture and train them, and then sell them to tourism operators. The Thai tourism industry relies heavily on elephant trekking and entertainment. Wiek warns that tourists who visit such places are effectively supporting the killing and torture of wild-born elephants.  

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