(TH) Stop Elephant Begging - PET
Stop Elephant Begging
* Target: The Royal Thai Parliment
* Sponsored by: Save Elephant
Stop Elephant Begging
Esteemed members of the Royal Thai Parliament we petition you on behalf of
the Thai Elephant.
For centuries the elephant has been a part of Thai history. The elephant is
revered in Thai culture. It's likeness can be found everywhere; at the
temple, in the market, in the home and on Royal Thai Emblems, flags and
signage. Elephants adorn many spectacular temples. The elephant is the
single most popular likeness found in the Thai business community. All of
these facts, and many more, speak the truth that the Elephant is in fact the
Symbol of Thailand. It is one of the cornerstones of Thai culture.
Many people in this great country do not realize it, but baby elephants are
being forced to beg on the streets of their great country. This is wrong
for many reasons including the fact that these elephants are poorly treated
by their handlers, some of whom rent the elephants from business people and
some of whom are owned by their handlers. The handlers of the street
beggars do not respect their elephants and they certainly do not deserve to
be called Kwan Chang or mahout. All they care about is the money the poor
elephant can earn on the streets. These elephants are made to walk the
streets for many an hour each day. Often they are terribly undernourished
and dehydrated. Most are baby elephants forcefully separated from their
mothers long before they are ready.
Allowing baby elephants to walk the streets of Thailand is a detriment to
Asian Elephant conservation efforts. A ban on street begging, well enforced
will dramatically help to protect and conserve the precious Thai elephants
today and for generations to come.
Another reason that elephant street begging is wrong is that it is very
dangerous. There are approximately 15 elephants injured or killed every
month in traffic accidents. These elephants are walking on the highways
either begging as the go, or on their way to or from a begging area. Not
only are the elephants killed and maimed, but people are killed, maimed and
injured. Their automobiles are destroyed.
For these reasons of national pride, international reputation, elephant
welfare and safety we respectfully implore you to swiftly pass legislation
that would ban street begging in all of Thailand. We would also ask that
the new law carry heavy penalties to be inflicted on both the handlers and
the owners of these elephants.
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