Tomorrow is World Elephant Day, so I thought it was a good time to suggest a few ways to see elephants that are completely ethical and un-problematic.
Thailand Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park eating – Rickshaw Travel
Around 75 per cent of the world’s captive elephants have been illegally captured, with over 3,000 used for entertainment purposes in Asia alone. The annual World Elephant Day (August 12) is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants, as many fight to change this fate.
If you want to see elephants in Sri Lanka then don’t go here, my visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage made me feel very uncomfortable throughout.
Before going to Sri Lanka and arriving at Kandy, where the majority of tourists are staying when they visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, we had decided against going. We both worried that it was cruel.
While we were away, however, my other half’s Sri Lankan friend encouraged us to visit and after reading this, I decided to go and check it out for myself.
We should have considered how different an experience it is visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage as tourists, rather than a local or a journalist invited by the tourist board. If you’re not in either of these categories, then this isn’t the way to see elephants in Sri Lanka.