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Phuket elephant rides in the sea given all clear

By Waranya Prompinpiras

 

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DMCR officials inspected the elephant ride operation on Wedesday (May 15). Photo: DMCR

 

PHUKET: An elephant ride operation at Tri Trang Beach, south of Patong, has been given the all clear to continue despite an outpouring of comments online calling for officials to investigate amid concerns that the elephants were destroying corals near the beach by treading on them.

 

Officials from the Phuket office of the Deprtament of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) inspected the operation on Wednesday, Phuket DMCR Chief Watcharin Thintalang confirmed yesterday (May 16).

 

“Officers checked and found that the elephants were not damaging the corals there as the reef is about 40 meters from where elephants walk in the sea,” he said.


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This is pure cruelty towards elephants, it would be interesting to know if the organizers paid anything and to whom.

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1 hour ago, 30la said:

This is pure cruelty towards elephants, it would be interesting to know if the organizers paid anything and to whom.

"it would be interesting to know if the organizers paid anything and to whom".

 

I think that would be a given, good or bad it is the way business works in the country.

 

Personally I see it as animal exploitation, something the rest of the world has assigned to history.

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11 hours ago, toenail said:

Riding elephants or watching elephants do tricks is outdated entertainment. Elephants face abuse in order to be trained. It is best to go to an elephant sanctuary and see elephants.

Shame on the Thai government for not passing laws to protect their national symbol.

 

What's the difference between horse riding, for example, that no one ever criticizes, and elephant riding that so many people get indignant about?

 

 

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8 hours ago, 30la said:

This is pure cruelty towards elephants, it would be interesting to know if the organizers paid anything and to whom.

How is riding an elephant "pure cruelty"?

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35 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

How is riding an elephant "pure cruelty"?

Very easy, how do think ppl can ride ? Do you think Elephants naturally let you ride them?

 

Don't ride elephants !!!

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Just Weird said:

What's the difference between horse riding, for example, that no one ever criticizes, and elephant riding that so many people get indignant about?

 

 

Horses are one of various "domesticated" species. Elephants are not considered such, but rather...wild.

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8 hours ago, Just Weird said:

How is riding an elephant "pure cruelty"?

Most captive elephants are taken from the wild, as they breed poorly in captivity. Selective breeding of elephants is impractical due to their long reproductive cycle, so there are no domesticated breeds. Most captives are endangered Asian elephants.

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5 minutes ago, Skeptic7 said:

Most captive elephants are taken from the wild, as they breed poorly in captivity. Selective breeding of elephants is impractical due to their long reproductive cycle, so there are no domesticated breeds. Most captives are endangered Asian elephants.

It's rather a leap to then say that domesticating a wild animal is therefore "pure cruelty". At one point every animal species that has been domesticated has been subjected to "pure cruelty" on that theory. Even domesticated horses have to be "broken in" if they are to be ridden, so I guess domestication is OK but riding is not?

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8 hours ago, Just Weird said:

What's the difference between horse riding, for example, that no one ever criticizes, and elephant riding that so many people get indignant about?

 

 

Let me see... the same difference between killing a turkey for food and killing a dog for food? One of them is a recognized crime in most countries.

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Forget the corals, what about the elephant poo near the beach and in the shallow water? As I remember, they shoot cannon balls.

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