There are gruesome pictures made of injured & # 39; entertainment & # 39; elephants, while Australian tourists traveling to Thailand beg not to ride the animals.
The images shared on Twitter are believed to have been taken in Phuket, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country.
The animals can be seen with blood dripping from their heads after their holders repeatedly hit them with sharp metal hooks.
Others showed an elephant with a series of scars on its back of old wounds.
Elephants in Thailand are terribly abused by their caretakers because they are forced to perform tricks for tourists every day (photo)
Elephant owners use bull hooks to hit the animals as part of a horrible tourist entertainment industry (photo)
More than 800.00 Australians visit Thailand each year, and many are attracted to various tourist attractions where they can be taken on elephant rides, they can see how they perform tricks and they can perform.
World animal protection estimates that currently 3,000 elephants in Asia are used for entertainment, of which 77 percent are treated inhumanely.
& # 39; Please do not ride the elephants and do not support this company & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson for the Tourism Authority of Thailand Yahoo news.
& # 39; We never support tourists riding the elephants. & # 39;
Many elephants are taken as babies and subjected to lifelong mistreatment in captivity
Thailand's tourism authorities have encouraged tourists not to feed the elephant-making industry and to visit shrines where these animals are protected instead
Dr. Patrapol Maneeorn, a wildlife vet from the Ministry of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said Thailand is working on eliminating animal abuse.
"What we are doing is working with different organizations and sectors in Thailand to minimize and, hopefully, eliminate animal abuse," said Dr. Maneeorn in a statement.
There are currently 3,500 wild elephants and 4,500 tame elephants in Thailand.
Wild animals are protected by Thai law, but domestic elephants are seen as working animals.
Dr. Maneeorn said that government agencies have tried different methods to eradicate elephant abuse in the country, including & # 39; policy making, support for wildlife research, rehabilitation of injured animals and eradication of illegal wildlife trade & # 39 ;.
In a busy tourist park south of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, a baby elephant seeks comfort from his mother after a long day of being ridden by tourists (photo)
He says tourists can play their part by boycotting attractions that elephants exploit for entertainment purposes.
& # 39; Travel agencies and individual tourists can help government agencies by boycotting companies that don't take good care of animals & he said.
The process of domesticating an elephant is just as horrible as the treatment they undergo.
Animals are tied to short chains, beaten with bull hooks and other sharp objects and malnourished to make them behave, only to continue while being held in captivity.
The tool known as a bull hook (photo) is constantly used to evoke fear among the elephants
Some animals develop a behavior where they move their head back and forth, often misunderstood as a playful tendency, the movement is actually a coping mechanism for isolated elephants.
Many elephants are taken from their mothers as babies before they are abused for life.
Some shrines in Thailand, such as Elephant Valley, try to prevent the mistreatment of these animals.
Many of these vulnerable creatures are forced to perform tricks, including painting for paying customers (photo)
Here elephants can roam the way they want and are only fed by humans once a day, unlike other captive elephants who are constantly forced to act for tourists.
& # 39; There is no such thing as a domestic elephant & # 39 ;, founder of Elephant Valley, Jack Highwood, told Daily Mail Australia in June.
& # 39; There are only elephants who have lost their will to fight back. & # 39;
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Tourism Authority of Thailand for comments.
More than 800.00 Australians come to Thailand every year, with many visiting amusement parks to ride elephants
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