Are all kinds of elephant riding unethical?
Unlike a horse, an elephant’s spinal structure is not built for carrying a load. Any form of riding from bare back to using a howdah, a wooden or metal seating frame, is uncomfortable and damaging to the physiology of elephants.
Why is riding elephants so bad?
- Elephants are trained using “Phajaan” which is a training method based around negative reinforcement
- Elephants are whacked in their most sensitive areas with “bull hooks” which are spears with hooks on the end
- To perform in shows and circuses, elephants may be subjected to million volt shocks in order to get them to stand on their front feet
- Elephants are worked beyond exhaustion, some even having to see tourists even if they are dangerous
What is a better way to see elephants?
- National parks
- Ethical sanctuaries
- Road sides