After my Asia travels, I just want to request my fellow travelers NOT to buy any ivory products. When I traveled around China I saw numerous such shops; a recent Nat Geo investigation revealed 90% of ivory used in China is coming from slaughtered African elephants and then smuggled into the country. Please don't be a part of this Blood Ivory trade. And please don't support the elephant back trek safaris either. Those unfortunate animals are captured, separated from the herd, tortured until they have no choice but to 'work' carrying tourists on their back all day. I could not believe so many Europeans I met had no clue. Go hiking/rafting/biking/dancing/opera. There are so many other nice options.
Couldn't agree more.
Same exact post is on many travel forums. Too bad the poster had blinders on and didn't notice much of anything else in Asia!
Thailand is not Africa! There is more room in Africa for elephants to roam freely! Many of the elephants in Thai wildlife sanctuaries, shows and training centers were born there. Or the baby elephants were rescued when the mother elephant was killed by trains and trucks.
When it comes to a Thai farmer choosing between protecting his crop and his family's livelihood or a marauding elephant - the elephant is going to lose! In a show or a sanctuary elephants are taken care of and attended to by veterinarians.
I can't ever remember having a need to buy ivory ever in my life! What do you do with the ivory of elephants who die in train and truck accidents or of natural causes in sanctuaries?
If you want to read about free roaming elephants dying in accidents Google it up. India always has elephants run over by trains or trucks. Sometimes several at one time when the herd is walking into the path of a speeding train!