Elephants in tourism aren't tame. They're tortured.
We're sure you’re familiar with the saying “elephants never forget” — but for the elephants trapped in the tourism industry, you wish they would.
In Thailand, young elephants are tracked down and taken from the wild. They suffer from physical and psychological abuse until their wild spirit is broken - just so they can perform unnatural acts, like giving rides to tourists.
These captured elephants endure a torturous ‘breaking-in’ process called ‘the crush’. Isolated, starved, beaten and chained up in small enclosures, this abuse lasts days or weeks and happens when they are just a few years old — which is why poachers will target baby elephants.
Please help a sanctuary that gives suffering elephants a new life, in a peaceful forest home.
You can play an integral part in changing their lives. Your gift today could help us campaign for improved animal welfare regulations and help protect animals, like Lotus…
Lotus is a 35-year-old elephant who was used as a trekking elephant; day after day she was forced to ferry tourists on laborious climbs. Then, after years of mistreatment, her foot became terribly infected and, since she was torn from her mother as a baby, she already suffered from immune deficiency problems.
It was only a matter of time until Lotus was useless to her owners, so they left her chained at the side of a busy road… all alone and left to starve.
Luckily, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) - who we proudly support - was alerted to her plight and Lotus’ life drastically changed. Today, she is blossoming on a healthy diet of banana trees and bamboo bushes, and she is often seen with her two best friends, Wassana and Pang Dow. The three of them are known as the “gossip girls” because they regularly call and squeak to each other!
Lotus’ story has a happy ending but there are still many more elephants and suffering animals that need you to act today. With your help, we can help protect as many animals as possible and help keep them where they belong... in the wild.