Stop the Tragedy Behind the Trickery for Thailand’s Elephants

Target: Apar Kewkacha, President and Director of Safari World

Goal: Demand a tourist hotspot end the exploitation and everyday abuse of its elephants.

Thailand’s tourist attraction Safari World made numerous headlines for its controversial orangutan boxing show, but the lightning-rod organization’s callous treatment of elephants cannot go unacknowledged. Every day, elephants trudge around the park in sweltering heat and heavy, oppressive chains—and this is the least of the abuses. They are forced to dance, paint, play sports, and perform circus acts in a grueling show that runs all day, nearly every day of the year. The ‘star attraction’ of these shows involves forcing the elephants to walk across a razor-thin, sharp wire for the entertainment of passing spectators. Guests posing for photos with the elephants have described them as bewildered at best and miserably unhappy at worst.

The treatment of elephants at Safari World unfortunately represents a larger trend in Thailand, where cutbacks on logging have stripped from elephant owners one major source of profit. Now, many elephants are essentially farmed out to often unscrupulous trainers who will use any means necessary to ‘teach’ these animals tricks of the trade. In 2015, an elephant threw, trampled, and gored a tourist in front of the man’s young daughter during an elephant ride. Reports later confirmed this elephant’s involvement in a training camp accused of animal cruelty; onlookers had previously witnessed the elephant being ‘encouraged’ with a sharp spear-like object.

Sign this petition and demand Safari World ensure the welfare and well-being of its elephants and all of the animals it has introduced to the world.


Dear Mr. Kewkacha,

Animals are your livelihood, and as such you have an honor and a duty to protect them, shelter them, and most of all respect them. Never lose sight of the fact that each of your occupants is more than just a commodity—it is a living being. As Thailand is renowned for its Asian elephants, you hold a particularly special obligation to these animals that have become an unofficial representative of your country.

Experts on elephants recognize the dangers of subjecting these animals to undue hardship because elephants, especially males, become unpredictable and even dangerous in overheated conditions. You must keep these lessons in mind when training and handling these beautiful but mysterious creatures. Otherwise, your tourist haven will become just another statistic in a preventable tragedy.

We urge you to take a hard assessment of your training methods and your show content. Do not overwork these animals, and do not subject them to inhumane practices such as tightrope-walking. Treat these animals as the wondrous beings they are, for their sake and for the sake of guests who simply want to stand in awe of nature’s wonder.


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Photo Credit: Vinoth Chandar

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  2. Stop stealing elephants from their homes! They are not for you to take!

  3. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “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

  4. Leave elephants alone!

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