Baby elephants are dragged through their ears and hit with bullhooks in Thailand
Dozens of baby elephants are taken away from their mother and are confronted with & # 39; psychological anxiety & # 39; while being trained to perform in a camp in Thailand, an animal rights group has revealed.
Photos taken in the & # 39; cruel & # 39; Maesa Elephant Camp show how the calves fearful & # 39; training & # 39; after being taken into captivity at the age of two.
The Moving Animals lobby group revealed how the elephants crush their minds in a process known as Phajaan before being forced to & # 39; unnatural & # 39; learn tricks.
Activists are now pushing for a ban on driving holidays with elephants to stop the demand for trained animals.
Learn tricks: an elephant carries a football with which he must perform stunts in the & # 39; cruel & # 39; camp in Thailand where calves are kept in captivity
Dragged through his ears: an elephant is dragged by a worker in the Thai camp where calves fearful & # 39; training & # 39; to perform for tourists
In captivity: two elephants in the Maesa elephant camp in northern Thailand, where the animals are captured only at the age of two
In the camp, activists saw elephants being dragged through their ears and beaten and scratched by sharp bullhooks.
The elephants waved in distress in what Moving Animals said it was a & # 39; clear sign of the psychological fear they are facing & # 39 ;.
In the Phajaan process, elephants let their mind & # 39; crush & # 39; so they can be forced to learn tricks and performance routines, activists say.
The elephants are taught to perform stunts, such as painting paintings, soccer and darts.
& # 39; At one point they were even made to pull and lift thick, heavy trunks, in a heartbreaking recreation of the now illegal logging industry, & # 39; said Moving Animals.
Activists say the camp has been active for four decades and is currently holding more than 80 elephants in prison.
The female elephants are & # 39; relentless & # 39; bred and at least one of them has already had six babies, they said.
A pregnancy lasts a maximum of 22 months and the elephants are sometimes forced to continue performing while they expect, it is claimed.
Behind bars: two elephants in a camp stay where female elephants & # 39; relentlessly & # 39; are being bred and at least one of whom has already given birth to six babies, say activists
Trapped: an elephant has a chain attached to its leg in the camp in Thailand, where activists saw animals being hit with bullhooks and dragged on their ears
An elephant paints a picture with his trunk in a stunt performed for tourists, a practice that animal rights groups have strongly criticized
Spectator: A woman watches how an elephant is led through the camp in Thailand. Activists are pushing for a ban on elephant holidays to stop the demand for captive animals
& # 39; In the same camp, the tragic future of the baby is clearly visible, as teenage and adult elephants are forced to act for the amusement of tourists & # 39 ;, said the activists.
In addition, activists warn that captive animals can be dangerous to tourists if they get upset during the performance.
& # 39; Our research in Asia has repeatedly shown that elephants suffer relentless physical and emotional suffering from taking part in rides, processions and performances, & # 39; said Amy Jones of Moving Animals.
& # 39; It is heartbreaking to think that these innocent babies are in captivity with Maesa Elephant Nursery at the start of their lives with sharp bullhooks, cruel executions, and severe psychological stress. & # 39;
In a petition to the British government, moving animals have urged a ban on the advertising and sale of & # 39; unethical & # 39; elephant trips to & # 39; cruel places such as Maesa Elephant Nursery & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Elephants continue to face ruthless physical brutality and psychological suffering to participate in rides, processions and performances, & # 39; they said.
& # 39; When they are two years old, they are torn from their mother and forced to undergo the traditional – and brutal – days or weeks-long process of breaking the ghost of a young elephant. & # 39;
The journeys are also very dangerous for tourists who are often attacked and sometimes killed by stressed tourist elephants, she added.
Exercise: One of the elephants is holding a hat in the trunk. A set of goal posts is in the background, indicating that the animals are being forced to perform football stunts
& # 39; Anguish & # 39 ;: Activists say elephants like this are being crushed in a process known as Phajaan before being forced to & # 39; unnatural & # 39; learn tricks
Entrance: a sign for the Maesa elephant camp where elephants are forced to perform stunts that activists have described as & # 39; heartbreaking & # 39;
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