Stop Overworking Elephants to Death


Target: Nguyễn Tán Dững, Prime Minister of Vietnam

Goal: Quit killing elephants by forcing them to serve tourists to the point of exhaustion.

Many elephants in the province of Dak Lak, Vietnam have died due to becoming exhausted while serving tourists by means of giving people rides, or simply by being forced to remain standing for curious onlookers. While the populations of these animals once thrived, these beautiful giants are now quickly dying off as a result of being overworked by callous owners.

One elephant was 40 years old when he fell over after a long day of being forced to entertain tourists. Although elephants can live to be between 60 and 70 years old, they cannot live this long if they are overworked. Another elephant also dropped dead from exhaustion when it was taken on a long trek to search for food. The 36-year-old elephant became so exhausted after days of serving tourists that it slipped and quickly fell to its death while walking through the forest.

Many other elephants in this region have died for similar reasons. They were too tired and sick to continue serving and entertaining tourists at the rate in which they were expected to do so by their owners. As a result, there are now only approximately 50 domesticated elephants left in the area. Still, even these elephants are so stressed out that they are unable to mate or display any of their natural behaviors. Furthermore, if these elephants continue to be overworked, they will soon all be dead. Sign this petition and demand that laws be set in place which would make it illegal for elephants to be overworked to the point of death. These gentle giants deserve far better than to be abused by soulless human beings.


Dear Prime Minister Dững,

Several elephants in the area of Dak Lak have died because they were worked to the point of exhaustion. The elephants were so tired that they were unable to continue giving people rides and didn’t even have enough energy to stand. Although their populations were once plentiful, today their populations are quickly declining as a result of being overworked by uncaring owners.

Even though elephants can live to be anywhere from 60 to 70 years old, this is not the case if they are not provided with the proper care. Recently, a 36-year-old elephant and a 40-year-old elephant died due to exhaustion. One elephant was so tired it clumsily slipped and fell off of a cliff after being forced to serve tourists for days and then forced to search for its own food. The other elephant dropped dead after its owner made it serve tourists for an extended period.

Few of these animals are left in the region. Unfortunately, at least some of these elephants are likely also close to death, as they are unable to mate or display normal elephant behaviors as a result of remaining highly stressed.

Overworking these elephants is inhumane and is a severe form of animal cruelty. These owners need to be held responsible for the welfare of their animals. For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to demand tougher laws be put in place that would serve to punish cruel owners from literally working their animals to death. Elephants are beautiful majestic creatures that should be respected and given room to roam, not battery-operated machines that should be worked to death and nonchalantly disregarded.


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  1. Malinda machado says:

    Pls protect these beautiful animals

  2. Rita Grahn says:

    I wonder how many tourists would choose to visit Vietnam, if they knew what was really going on there? I certainly WON’T set foot in that country – EVER. Or buy any products made there.

  3. This is wicked evil and barbaric, when are these low life scum bags going to stop abusing elephants, when left alone they are a peaceful animal and just want to live in a free environment without humans they should be allowed to do that, the elephant is one of the most abused animals in the world it’s pitiful, and upsetting for those of us that care. THE MAJORITY OF US WILL WISH EVERYTHING THATS PAINFUL AND EVIL ON THESE PERPETRATORS OF SUCH CRUELTY AND WICKED PRACTICES, LETS TRULY HOPE THEY WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE AND WORSE IN LIFE.

  4. Ihope that their government will take this petition to heart. In the end nobody wins in this situation.But at least these gentle passed giants are now walking in Eden where they belong.The book of Proverbs says that the righteous looks after his animals,but the godless is cruel.

  5. Linda Amundson says:

    Elephants are very similar to humans in regard to their lifespan and their wide range of emotions. As sad as it is, the ones who are dying relatively young–in their 30s and 40s–are apparently the lucky ones. They don’t have to suffer abuse anymore. What are these lazy, greedy “owners” going to do when they finally kill off all the elephants there? They’re stupid, selfish people and I wish nothing but misery for them and their offspring, two-fold what they have caused and are causing these intelligent elephants. Meantime, these elephants deserve protections from the abuse of these selfish, cruel people.

  6. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    First of all this animals shouldn’t live under captivity in the first place. No animal deserves this and laws should be created and enforced to end this kind of slavery. Second the treatment that asiatic countries give to animals is appalling and barbaric. Economic sanctions should be imposed against them.


  8. Animals know nothing about any so called God and are more moral than mankind

  9. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  10. You would think in this day and age, tourists would have an effing clue. It isn’t rocket science that these elephants don’t belong living a life of servitude for the folly of man. It is astonishing how stupid people are.

  11. Isn’t there a government in Vietnam ?
    Aren’t you concerned for you working creatures ?
    Well once the word gets out about these overworked Elephants .
    Vietnam will become a lonely place .

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