Elephant dies of overwork in central Vietnam, carrying around tourists. It was the second domesticated elephant to have died in the province since January.
Tourists across Asia (and now sadly also Africa) should be aware of this awful kind of tourist attraction and choose wisely were to go and put their money.
Besides, the process of capture and training is often extremely cruel and painful, physically and psychologically. Family members are separated, immobilized and subdued through severe emotional and physical abuse. Calves go through hell too, isolated and chained.
We understand that working with elephants is a centuries-old tradition in Asia, nevertheless the Elephant Action League (EAL) opposes the capture and taming of wild elephants for working and tourist/safari camps and for any commercial use.