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We’ve reported extensively on the cruelties temple elephants face day in and day out. From the agonizing torture of being broken and trained to being forced to participate in head lifting competitions, these majestic animals suffer for much of their lives. Often, performing elephants are forced into a life of captivity and kept in chains with no social interaction with other elephants. As if that weren’t enough, there is another form of cruelty as demonstrated in the video above posted to the Society for Elephant Welfare.

The video shows men fitting a prosthetic tusk on the stump of an elephant’s rotten tooth. These artificial tusks are secured on using screws and metal plates. As you can imagine, it is a quite uncomfortable and painful process … that is completely unnecessary and cruel. This procedure causes the elephant’s gums to become severely swollen and inflamed, and they are thrust into crowded streets surrounded by strange noises and shouting people afterward.

These beautiful creatures need to be protected and no form of human entertainment, whether circus or temple festival, is worth the suffering of an innocent being. Thankfully, there are many organizations working to make the world a better place for elephants, such as the Society for Elephant Welfare, Save Elephant Foundation, World Animal Protection, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the World Wildlife Fund.

To learn about how you can help elephants, click here. And be sure to share this article to spread the word about what our majestic elephants have been reduced to.

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