In the Maha Sarakham province of Thailand, three elephants were butchered by a temple and their meat, skulls and tusks were sold for more than $85,000. There are seven other elephants remaining at the temple.
Sangduen Chailert, founder of the Love Elephants and the Environment foundation, said the elephants appear to be suffering from severe malnutrition and could die if they don't receive treatment. Or they could be butchered -- in Thailand, it's legal to sell ivory from "domesticated" elephants. Chailert and other elephant advocates are calling on the government to save the remaining elephants.
When the butchering at the temple hit the news, there were concerns that it could affect tourism. Let the Thai government know that the international community is watching, and we are appalled by this situation.
Thailand needs to do more to protect their elephants, both wild and in captivity, and they can start by saving these seven neglected animals before it's too late.
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- Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
- Department of Forestry Police
Police Major General Sawake Pinsinchai
- Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
H.E. Khun Suwit Khunkitti
- Royal Thai Embassy in the United States
H.E. Mr. Kasit Piromya
- Tourism Authority of Thailand
- Prime Minister
I recently learned that three elephants were butchered by a temple in Maha Sarakham, and their meat, tusks and skulls were sold. Sangduen Chailert, founder of the Love Elephants and the Environment foundation, told the media that seven elephants still at the temple appear to be suffering from severe malnutrition and could die if they don't receive treatment.
I urge you to save the remaining elephants. Please immediately remove them from the temple and send them to a sanctuary where they can be rehabilitated and live out their lives free from danger and exploitation.
The world often hears of Thailand's mistreatment of captive elephants, and it has become an increasing problem with elephants being used to beg for money in the streets and now being butchered for their parts. This is cruel to the elephants in captivity and puts endangered wild elephants at risk.
This mistreatment of elephants keeps tourists away.
Please make protecting Thailand's elephants a priority and start by rescuing the seven remaining elephants from the Maha Sarakham temple before it's too late.
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