Return all confiscated animals to ENP & WFFT. Cease intimidation.
  • Petitioned Dir-Gen Damrong Phidej of Dept. of Nat’l Parks Thailand

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Dir-Gen Damrong Phidej of Dept. of Nat’l Parks Thailand

Return all confiscated animals to ENP & WFFT. Cease intimidation.

    1. Isabelle Kanz
    2. Petition by

      Isabelle Kanz

      Peconic, NY

Urgent - Armed Officials Raid and Confiscate Animals from Two Sanctuaries in Northern Thailand.
The Elephant Nature Park, ENP, cares for elephants who are blind, lame, handicapped, and otherwise scarred from previous lives of abuse. The park has received numerous awards from institutions including the Smithsonian, and the founder, Sangduen ‘Lek’ Chailert, was named Asian Hero of the Year by Time magazine in 2005.
The ENP has been raided three times in February by armed officials of Thailand’s Dept. of National Parks, DNP. They claim the sanctuary has baby elephants captured from the wild. The ENP sent hair and blood samples to the DNP for DNA testing to prove their babies were born at the park, but this evidence has been ignored. As a volunteer in April ’09, I personally witnessed the birth of one of the babies whom the officials are expected to confiscate.
On February 21, 2012, Lek of the ENP joined Edwin Weik of the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, WFFT, at a press conference where they exposed the story of baby elephant traders and presented details implicating officials in their capture in the national parks. Both the ENP and the WFFT are non profit animal rescue facilities which are internationally recognized as setting the standard in Thailand for elephant care and wildlife rescue.
In the national parks, mother elephants, protecting their babies, are brutally murdered and the babies stolen. Babies fetch up to US$32,000 to work in Thailand’s lucrative tourist trade where they are brutalized into ‘learning tricks’ and providing rides for tourists.
Edwin Weik’s wife has been jailed and animals confiscated, some endangered and many were receiving veterinary care.
We petition for the immediate and safe return of all animals and the cessation of intimidation of these sanctuaries.
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    • Dr K B Archer LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Because Thailand is a fake 'land of smiles;' and some Chines Thai would sell the last the Tree if they could.

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    • ken quinn LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      it is our duty to help these animals.

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    • maggie quinn DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I have personally witnessed the wonderful work Lek and her team are doing at the Elephant Nature Park. They are saving elephants from distress and offering a real sanctuary to maimed animals.

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    • Victoria Faint LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I feel very strongly that these poor creatures should be left in the safety of the sanctuaries. It is appalling and exceedingly cruel to remove these exceedingly intelligent animals for somewhere which will give them a chance to eventually enjoy life. These sanctuaries are doing wonderful work and should be left in peace.

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    • Ruth Serra CLEARWATER, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      It does not matter what part of the world you are from as long as you have respect for all other life!!

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