New reporting from Metro UK shows footage of a baby elephant chained to a pole. British traveler Ross Martin shared the story of the elephant.
Meena, the elephant, was allegedly being forced to beg for money from tourists and was left alone by her owners at night. He said he also saw Meena’s owners use a bullhook to corral and hit her. Martin found her bobbing her head, a sign that wildlife experts say indicates mental stress.
Martin said of finding Meena, “I found her down a dirt track alone and quite clearly distressed, her head bobbing constantly. All four feet were chained together so she was unable to move, stretch her legs or lie down. As far as I can see she has no access to fresh water or food and is completely on her own. As elephants are highly social animals, this can only be causing her anguish. To think that she’s only young and this is how she spends her life is pretty heartbreaking.”
Animal charity Thailand Elephants is helping spread the word about Meena. See photos, below:
You can sign this petition to help save Meena!
Asian elephants are endangered and currently still part of a harmful tourism industry in Thailand. Learn more about elephants in Thailand in One Green Planet with the following articles:
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- An Entire Thai Village is in the Business of Mercilessly Training Elephants for Captivity
- Are You Supporting an Elephant ‘Sanctuary’ That Is Actually Causing Suffering?
- Elephants Found Distressed and Mistreated at Maesa Elephant Camp in Thailand
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