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Offline thaiga

Fatigued elephant collapses on street ♦ video
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:26:46 PM »
A small elephant collapsed in the street at Krathumban Market west of Bangkok after the owner reportedly forced it to walk through the market as he collected money for people to feed it.

The video of the stricken elephant, captioned “Tired elephant forced to walk,” was uploaded to Facebook last night and upset many unhappy with how the elephant was treated.

“It could not stand anymore,” the user who took the video said. “When the mahout saw me take photos, he forced it to get up and leave, so I took a video.”

Meanwhile, others have condemned the shop owner at the market who ordered the mahout to move the elephant instead of helping it.

"Dear elephant owner, please take your elephant out of the market,” someone announces in the video. “You're blocking the shop front."

Chollada Sawala, secretary of Friend of The Asian Elephant Foundation, said this morning that many people submitted the video to the organization, but there’s nothing it can do as there are no laws protecting the welfare of animals.

At most, the mahout could be gently fined THB1,000 for animal cruelty, and/or face a one-month jail term, according to Morning News.

Bangkok and Rayong are the only two provinces in the country which forbid mahouts to take elephants into the streets, Chollada added.

เรื่องเล่าเช้านี้ มูลนิธิช้างจ่อเอาผิดควาญช้างหากทำทารุณจนลูกช้างหมดแรงล้มกลางตลาดนัด(10ก.ย.57)
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: Fatigued elephant collapses on street ♦ video
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014, 02:49:53 PM »
Sorry about that poor ole' elephant.
Think also of the thousands of fattened pigs that are moved around every day, in an appalling state on multi-tier lorries - often some are on top of others that have died. Whilst being sure that such conditions are not limited to Thailand, it's horrible to see and I'm amazed it has escaped the attention of the animal rights lobbies abroad.


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Re: Fatigued elephant collapses on street ♦ video
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 06:30:31 PM »
Yes roger it's not nice to see

Video of Collapsed Beggar Elephant Spurs Investigation

SAMUT SAKHON — A video of a baby elephant collapsing out of exhaustion in a market has spurred police to search for the elephant handlers who reportedly brought the animal into the city to beg.

The video has been widely shared on social media and ignited a wave of criticism over the practice of bringing elephants into urban areas to beg for money from tourists. Animal rights activists have been decrying the practice for years, calling it inhumane and harmful to the elephants.

The video appears to have been filmed at a market near Krathumban intersection in Samut Sakhon province, police say.

"I have ordered officers to locate the elephant and owners in connection with the video," said Pol.Col. Palat Visetsingha. "But we have not found them yet. I believe the owners or the elephant handlers took the elephant away from the area after the clip was publicized."

Nevertheless, Pol.Col. Palat said police will increase patrols in the province to make sure that no elephant handlers, or mahouts, bring their elephants into town to beg. He urged the public report any incidents of elephant begging to police immediately.

Mahouts who take their elephants into the city can face charges related to the obstruction of traffic, annoying bystanders, and animal cruelty. The latter carries a maximum of one month in prison and 1,000 baht fine, said Pol.Col. Palat.

"Those who possess unregistered elephants will also face additional charges, but mahouts in the trade of elephant begging generally have their elephants registered," the officer added.

Thailand is a hub for animal tourism, with abundant opportunities for tourists to interact with animals like tigers, elephants, and gibbons. Yet according to animal welfare groups, many of these captive animals are physically mistreated and some of them have been poached from the wild.

Some tourism-related associations, such as the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), advise travelers to Thailand to exercise good judgment before participating in activities that might distress an animal.

There are currently no comprehensive laws protecting animal welfare in Thailand, although a proposed bill is receiving “fast-track” consideration from the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), said Edwin Wiek, the founder of the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT). 

Last month, a viral video of mahouts beating a beggar elephant in Hat Yai prompted police in the area to crack down on the trade.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.