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We must put an end to abuse of elephants

World Elephant Day should serve as an occasion to give elephants our attention and take action for them. For starters, we can stay away from attractions offering "joyrides" on these fine animals and encourage others to do the same.

Most tourists have no idea that elephants who are forced to give rides are sorely abused. They are torn from their mothers as babies; confined to tiny wooden crates; deprived of food, water, and rest; tied down and beaten mercilessly with nail-studded rods - all to prepare them for a life of servitude in one of Asia's many "elephant camps".

There is no justification for robbing these highly intelligent social animals of everything that is natural and important to them, or for using them in abusive and degrading ways.


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