The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has received horrific footage showing the cruel training methods used at the Elephants of Eden park in South Africa to train baby elephants for the tourism industry.
“The elephants show signs of crippling injuries with severely swollen legs and feet, debilitating abscesses and wounds resulting from the abusive use of ropes, chains, and bull hooks. The calculated and premeditated cruelty of this nature that took place at this facility is a far cry from the loving sanctuary image that Elephants of Eden/Knysna Elephant Park like to portray.
The captive elephant interaction industry is a form of tourism driven by greed and without any conservation benefit. Additionally, no dedicated laws exist in South Africa to govern methods used in handling or training elephants for interaction tourism, and trainers and handlers do not require any formal training or education to be able to work with or handle elephants.
Tell Elephants of Eden to stop using cruel and inhumane training methods on elephants immediately!