End The Abuse of Elephants: Refuse To Ride!

Tourists from around the world are drawn to the Indian city of Jaipur to experience its stunning historic forts, monuments, and museums. But, though it may not be readily visible, Jaipur is also becoming known for the cruelty inflicted upon the elephants there.

Most elephants used for rides and other tourist amusements in Jaipur have been stolen from the wild and beaten into submission to make them "tame" enough to take orders.

A "riding elephant" can expect a lonely lifetime of hard labor with little or no access to good food, fresh water, or quality veterinary service when the injuries inevitably begin to crop up. Well over 100 elephants are currently being used for rides and other forms of tourist amusement in Jaipur. Some are blind. Many are over 50 years old. Others have severe health issues like tuberculosis. All of them suffer from foot problems.

Jaipur is a beautiful city with a deep history. But the elephant-riding industry is tarnishing that reputation. Countless reports from NGOs, government agencies, and tourists have documented the cruelties and illegalities employed to prop up this barbaric industry.

We must end this abusive practice now — for the captive elephants caught in this sad life today and for the wild elephants who will be poached tomorrow if nothing is done! Please sign our petition to let the authorities know that this cruel practice must end!
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