Stop Working Elephants to Death Hauling Tourists

Target: Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia

Goal: Outlaw the use of elephants by tourism companies.

An elephant recently died in Cambodia, allegedly of exhaustion, after it was forced to carry tourists through a historical site in extremely hot weather. The practice of using elephants to carry tourists—sometimes called elephant trekking—is common in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and there have been many more victims throughout the history of this cruel industry.

The elephants owned by the tourist companies are taken from their mothers at a very young age. The baby elephants are then tortured, so that they will become completely submissive to humans. They are locked in small cages, beaten, deprived of water, and starved. The result is a docile elephant which will not fight when humans climb on its back.

These elephants are forced to carry tourists all day in the heat—temperatures that can easily be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The handlers do not allow the animals to take breaks to eat, drink water, or cool down. Many of them die from heat stroke or exhaustion.

This cruel industry preys upon westerners’ love of elephants, but there is no love for these animals in this business—only exploitation and abuse. Sign the petition below to encourage Cambodia to outlaw elephant trekking.


Dear Prime Minister Hun Sen,

An elephant recently died, allegedly of exhaustion, at Angor Wat in Cambodia after it was forced to carry tourists through the temple complex in the brutal heat. This elephant is not the first victim of the elephant trekking industry.

Elephants often die of exhaustion or heatstroke when they are forced to carry tourists non-stop, with no chance to eat, drink, or cool down. This is after they have been stolen from their families and tortured for their entire lives. Baby elephants are beaten, starved, and deprived of water in order to make them submissive. They are only obedient because they have been so severely abused that they have no will to fight left in them.

This is an incredibly sad way to live and die. Wild animals are not ours for entertainment. They are meant to live freely in the wild. I urge you to stop the abuse and murder of elephants in Cambodia. Encourage Parliament to outlaw the practice of making elephants entertain and carry tourists. Too many creatures have suffered already.


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  1. Use social networking sites like Facebook to comment on this abuse on Travel Agency pages so tourists can read all about and be under no illusion when they visit these countries.

  2. Leave the animals alone! Stop profiting from their abuse! Right there with you Bina P – tourists must become better informed about participating in these “traditional” events. If only people would be responsible when travelling and first do NO HARM!
    Please shed love and light on the plight of these poor creatures – let them be revered for their magnificence in this universe.
    Thank you ♥♥♥

  3. How about you lazy ass humans handlers, haul a tourist around on your back, until you drop from heat stroke? You want the money…earn it yourself!

    • I so agree. I have written in the past to several tour companies to not feature elephant riding on their tours. Some have agreed. I blame the ignorant tourists, if they didn’t do it the keepers/owners couldn’t keep this cruel practice going. A curse on the lot of them.

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

  5. I hope karma hits all of you abusers so hard, you cry in pain.

  6. Hope to god these bastards get punished for what they have done.

  7. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    may the gods of all the animals curse for ever the lives of those who commit this cruelty and those who support it by riding these beaten animals

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