Thailand: End the Dangerous and Cruel Crocodile Shows
- by: Jaime M
- target: Kingdom of Thailand
“Play with fire, and you are bound to get burned.” That’s how the famous saying goes. One zookeeper in Thailand learned that moral the hard way, and nearly lost his life in the process.
The man was conducting a crocodile “show” in which he waved sticks in front of the huge reptile before he stuck his head inside its mouth. Seconds later the crocodile bit down and thrashed back and forth while the man - and onlookers screamed in horror.
This is not an isolated incident. A quick google search turns up several of these deadly or near deadly encounters. And for what, entertainment? Crocodiles are wild animals and they cannot be trained to respect their trainers. Any wrong move could spell the end of a zookeeper, trainer or onlooker alike and yet despite these countless tragic incidents the government of Thailand still allows these shows to go on.
It’s time Thailand take steps to ban crocodile shows like these. No one should have to die for our entertainment and all animals deserve to be treated with respect.
Please sign this petition and ask the Thai Government to ban crocodile shows and help save lives.
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Dear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ,
The dangerous crocodile shows have already maimed many crocodile trainers, all for the entertainment of tourists. These crocodile shows put people's lives needlessly at risk and and are inhumane to the animals. Please ban this practice in your country. Cruelty shouldn’t be entertainment.