It started off as an infant with the immediate love for the Disney movie “Dumbo,” and since then my love for elephants has never stopped growing.
I spent a semester in college as an Animal Behavior major, with the intention of graduating to be an elephant trainer. One of the reasons I decided to go down another path was because with that as a profession I would have to give up running. (See…this post is kind of running related).
Unfortunately, the treatment these poor creatures face is horrendous. They are on the brink of extinction for the slaughtering of their tusks. They are chained and beaten to perform in shows, and tourist camps around the world. A new fact I learned is that many of the photos you will see online of elephants with tourists or on the beach in Thailand means they are most likely abused.
Soooo…what do we do?
Obviously, don’t support the black market ivory trade. Do not support live shows that mistreat animals, aka circuses and such. And do not support the tourist attractions involving these poor creatures.
Go to http://www.worldelephantday.org and sign the pledge to help protect these precious animals!