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Today on our morning hike we came across four trekking elephants for hire. They were malnourished and doing repetitive behaviors like swaying back and forth. They were so kind. It amazes me how gentle they are. I told them that there are people who are digging for their plight and about the power of manifestation. I told them to tune into and to talk to the elephants at Elephant Nature Preserve. How you can help? Take a moment look at this picture, expand the love in your heart and send it to these elephants. They will receive it! Laura Stinchfield @ thepetpsychic.com
Here I am with founder & director of Elephant Nature Park Lek Chailert!
She is truly an amazing person! She is saving hundreds of elephants from logging, begging on the streets & from trekking… She gets them Medical care, gives them a preserve to be themselves in and places them back in the wild…
She also has an animal rescue. After a flood in Bangkok she went in and rescued hundreds of stray cats & dogs. Here at Elephant Nature Park there are many rescue dogs sleeping and wandering around with the elephants. I am in awe of what Lek is doing for animals!
Elephant Nature Preserve in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
My boyfriend’s daughter Katherine on left and our guide Bee on right.
We got to feed the elephants, pet them, bath them and mingle with the herds. Some of the elephants here have loss eyes and legs in the hands of humans but they all feel safe with us close to them and near their babies. It shocks me how the elephants are exploited here in Thailand. There are elephant camps every few miles. It gives me an enormous amount of peace knowing the elephants at Elephant Nature Park are safe and able to live in their natural environment. So beautiful!
What they said:
The big details are confidential but I feel like this is ok to say: Many of the elephants talked about their old memories and things that had happened to them and that the memories come back to them sometimes – scaring them. One put her mouth on a railing sucked on it and dropped her trunk as if giving up. She said she used to have to stay for hours like that before she was rescued. There was a lot of feelings about how safe, secure and loved they all feel now. How they feel they are able to trust humans now and they are able to enjoy their lives and each other. They all feel very blessed to know Lek and the other workers. That they can now heal and enjoy friendships. When I asked one elephant if she likes the Mahouts with her all the time she said that sometimes there are Mahouts that are mean and that she once had a mean one. She said the other Mahouts will put pressure on the mean ones to leave. They get upset. She says now she has a nice Mahout. That she really loves. I learned latter that she was once pregnant and the preserve didn’t know. When her Mahout changed to the one she has now she gave birth a few days later. I feel like then she felt safe safe to have her baby.
Fair Meeting March 22nd
Orange County Fair Board voted 6 to 1 to ban elephant rides at the fair – effective immediately!
Thank you Alison Stanley & all that spoke!
Fair and Tender Elephants
by Laura Stinchfield
Animal Trainer and Pet Psychic at thepetpsychic.com
On Thursday, March 22, there will be a meeting of the Orange County Fair board, which will talk about discontinuing the elephant rides provided by the company Have Trunk will Travel.
Have Trunk Will Travel owns the elephant that was in the movie Water for Elephants. This company has been in the news due to shocking video footage that appears to show gross, inhumane training methods. These methods include beating elephants with bullhooks and electrically shocking them to get them to obey commands.
I imagine that the argument for offering elephant rides at a county fair is because we humans enjoy this activity – we as individuals are in awe and in gratitude that such beautiful massive creatures allow us on their backs. As a child, I rode several elephants. I have felt their steady sway beneath my body, stroked my fingers over their sensitive toes, and entwined my arms with their hairy expressive trunks. I remember grasping onto my mother’s soft hands as we walked away and telling her, “The elephants are so sad. Did you see their eyes?” When I close my eyes today I can still see them – wrinkled and dull-looking, a bit like my old babysitter’s eyes after she had a heart attack and told us she couldn’t babysit us any longer.
Today we might argue that we allow this cruel pastime for the pleasure of the children. But if we ask children today to look into the eyes of these elephants and to tell us how they feel, the children will almost always respond with phrases like, “The elephant is sad,” “Is the elephant mad?” or “I am scared.”It does not matter to me how the company Have Trunks Will Travel responded to the allegations that they abuse their animals with harsh training methods. The fact is that the humane training of exotic animals is a very new field; shocking elephants in their genitals and beating them with bull hooks are the methods most experienced animal handlers are accustomed to using.
Almost all of Have Trunks Will Travel’s elephants are over 30 years old. That means that there is a high probability that these animals were trained inhumanely. When you train an animal with abuse, the animal does not have time to process new information; this leads to confusion in taking on new stimulation in the present and in the future. These animals can have post-traumatic stress syndrome.
The elephants’ greatest sense is their sense of smell. Imagine the stress of trying to decipher all the smells at a county fair. Perfumes, unnatural foods, the rides, gas and oil … Can we guarantee that a smell, sight, or sound at a county fair will not bring back an old memory that will elicit an elephant to react into fight or flight mode? Indeed, all you have to do is Google elephant attacks and you will see numerous elephants exploding at zoos, circuses, and fairs.
What if, after 30 years, one of the Have Trunks Will Travel elephants just can’t take it anymore? What if an elephant just snaps, and takes off with someone on his or her back? No company can guarantee the safety of onlookers.
Elephants are the largest land mammals on earth. They are designed to live their lives in the wildlands of Asia and Africa. Can we really convince ourselves that animals created to roam great distances rooting the earth and eating the bark off of trees – either as loners (the males) or involved in close and complex social interactions (the females) – enjoy carrying complete strangers around a crowded smelly fair?
Our common sense will tell us they do not. But most adults must have become so busy in their lives that they have lost their empathetic eye for sadness and anger in others. Or perhaps these same adults make fantasies in their heads that these elephants are happy – and that the younger generations also delight in this cruel, miserable pastime. This is not based on reality.
If you have any questions on this matter, take your children to see these animals live and up-close, and ask your children, “What do you think of the elephants?” Then listen and take to heart their answers.