A recent video posted on the Green World TV Facebook page shows elephants in Thailand performing for a crowd. They are doing all sorts of tricks that you would never see a majestic elephant in the wild do. At first glance, it may seem like they are having fun but that is exactly what these greedy handlers want you to think.
Most elephants used for entertainment are taken away from their mothers at a very young age and then sold only to endure agonizing torture to be “broken” and trained. This process can often last for years. After this, they are kept in chains with no social interactions with other elephants, an important part of normal elephant life. They are forced into a life of captivity and servitude, all for the purposes of human entertainment.
Whenever you see an elephant (or any animal for that matter) performing unnaturally, you have to ask yourself where the animals came from and what had to happen to get them to perform in such a way. These performances draw in large crowds and make huge profits for their handlers. As long as people pay for cruelty, it will continue.
Thankfully, there are many organizations working to make the world a better place for elephants, such as Save Elephant Foundation, Elephants in Japan, World Animal Protection, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the World Wildlife Fund.