More than 3,000 elephants are cruelly used as entertainers in Asia, and sadly this number is rising. Most are kept in inadequate conditions and suffer endlessly.
Unite for the herd
Between 2014 and 2016, we investigated 220 elephant tourist attractions across Asia.
We uncovered horrifying evidence, exposing the way thousands of elephants are treated to entertain tourists:
- Big industry: there are more than 3,000 captive elephants in tourism in Asia. Our Taken for a ride report studied 2,923 of them
- Entertainment over welfare: 96% of venues offering rides keep their elephants in cruel and unacceptable living conditions
- Hub for cruelty: Around three quarters of the elephant entertainment venues we studied were in Thailand. There’s been a 30% increase in the number of captive elephants in Thailand in just five years
These numbers represent the shocking reality of life for thousands of wild animals. The 2,923 elephants we studied are each suffering a lifetime of misery.
But by making tourists aware of these facts, we can change the world for elephants.
In 2016, over 150,000 supporters united to show the industry just how many people won’t stand for elephant cruelty in tourism.