Stop Mistreatment of Elephants for Profit

Target: Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, Thailand Minister of Justice

Goal: Demand the Elephant Training Center be shut down.

Hundreds of elephants are reportedly suffering at a training center in Thailand. Fodor’s travel guide describes the Elephant Training Center in Chiang Mai as a place where “the pachyderms are treated well, and seem to enjoy showing off their skills.” Said skills include giving rides to tourists, playing musical instruments, and painting.

However, these elephants are reportedly horribly abused with paddles, whips, and other implements as ‘training.’ They perform these tricks not for the enjoyment of it, but because they have been conditioned to fear the brutal punishment they will receive should they fail. Furthermore, giving rides does damage to the elephants’ spines, sometimes even permanently. If these allegations of abuse are true, this training camp does not have the best interests of these animals at heart, despite the descriptions on their website.

It is wrong to exploit animals for money, and elephants are possibly the most exploited creatures on this planet. They have reportedly suffered horribly at the hands of these trainers and the tourists who ride them, all for the sake of profit. Sign this petition to demand this training center be shut down for its alleged abuses and the elephants moved to a proper sanctuary.


Dear Justice Minister Suwaphan,

The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao, despite being advertised as a fun-filled romp, is in reality a cruel, barbaric place where the elephants are reportedly horribly abused. They are reportedly beaten and tortured in order to perform tricks such as painting and playing musical instruments. They are forced to give rides to tourists, which damages their spines. Overall, they are exploited for the sake of entertainment and profit.

You must close down this training center. Elephants have suffered horribly over the past decade; they have been hunted to near-extinction, forced to perform in parks and circuses, and denied the chance to live peacefully and rebuild their numbers. This training center is just another link in a chain already much too long. You must close it down and have the elephants moved to a proper sanctuary or back into the wild.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. just another oriental cruelty when are they going to be stopped between their dog cat horse and donkey torturing killing and eating feeding live donkeys to tigers and smashing animals in the heads to bleed them also the poor elephants when is the world going to see what these sick asians are all about cruelty torture and killing and eating if it breaths they eat it

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  3. Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, Thailand Minister of Justice – the world wants a response. WHEN WILL YOU FREE THESE ELEPHANTS FROM A LIFE OF MISERY AND TORTURE???? Please, do something!

  4. Thailand seems to be a land of Kindness and compassion due to the Religious beliefs they have. But the way these vicious people abuse these magnificent animals are so Brutal and Violent. LET THESE ELEPHANT RETIRE IN TO A ACCREDITED SANCTUARY. Let them live like elephants and NOT LIKE SALVES. Some peoples stupidity is beyond belief.

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