When ethical principles become the basis of our decisions, the tourist industry in Asia will have to yield and change their practices. Some have already done so! There have been new developments and I’m excited to share the information of those venues offering ethical and humane elephant interactions in Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal. No elephant rides of course!
Come join me as I also share 5 reasons why we should be [truly] concerned about Asia’s captive elephants and 5 ways in which we can all help. Read More
Throughout my years as an advocate for elephants living in captivity, I have come to know about the elephant welfare organizations shared here and believe their work is sound and much needed in the areas where they’re located. Additionally, I have researched each of the companies listed here to make sure that I include them as responsible alternatives for fun gifts to consider giving out on this World Elephant Day.
Thoughtful gifts and donations in honor of our loved ones also help spread the word about the elephant cause. Check these out. Read More
Tour operators, travel agencies, resorts and elephant handlers around Asia offer tourists the “exciting” opportunity to ride an elephant . Many say it is the “green way” to experience nature and spot wildlife. However, this is far from ideal as these elephants are kept in miserable conditions in order to work for tourists. Many have complained in online forums that the elephants were mistreated and beaten during the ride, or that they felt very guilty because they saw the elephants tightly chained afterwards. Most wish they had known before about the issue.
You can put your compassion into action. Here are the most appropriate ways to interact with elephants in captivity. Read More
It is widely known that elephants are kind, patient and gentle sentient beings; but do we know the depths of their wisdom, compassion and loyalty?
The purpose of today’s article is to share bits of research and evidence on what makes elephants so extraordinary and why we, as expats, women and caring humans, need to do more to protect them. The first thing we can do when we travel to Asia is not participate in elephant rides or elephant shows.
Read on to find out more about the emotional lives of elephants. Read More