I apologize for breaking the routine of posting pictures of cute baby elephants, but I was browsing through the elephant tag on tumblr and I came across some pictures of tourists riding elephants in Chiang Mai in Thailand.
If you or anyone you know is planning on taking a trip to some part of Asia and want to see elephants, please do some research on the internet about elephant captivity and about how harmful riding elephants is before you plan your visit. Also, please refrain from visiting camps where elephants paint and perform tricks for the pleasure of tourists. Nothing about elephants in captivity is pleasant. Do your research. And while I understand that elephants are crucial to the livelihood of the humans who benefit from their exploitation, I support providing financial or other forms of assistance to people and redirecting them to other endeavors that do not harm elephants.
As always, this blog is committed to ensuring that no pictures of elephants in obvious situations of forced captivity are ever posted here.
There really is no excuse for participating in activities that harm elephants. Do your research before you go. Inform others.