PETITION TARGET: Virachai Plasai, Thai Ambassador to the US
At Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand, elephants are terrorized every day to perform underwater tricks on command for the crowds. The animals suffer demeaning violence as trainers kick, hit, and pull on the elephants’ ears to force them underwater during the show.
A horrifying tool known as a bullhook — a sharp, pointed rod — is used to instill fear in the elephants and force them to comply with trainers’ demands. This fear allows staff to psychologically torment the elephants to control them just for human entertainment.
Their PR team continues to insist that the zoo has an acceptable level of ethics management, but that is blatantly false. This is a despicable example of corporations putting profit before animal safety and wellbeing.
TripAdvisor has suspended sales to the zoo through their website, but that is not enough. Sign this petition to urge the Thai ambassador to push to end this inhumane practice once and for all and to encourage the zoo to release these elephants to a sanctuary where they will be safe from intimidation tactics and physical torment.