Just came back from a two-days-mahout tour and I am shocked over the ways the elephants were being treated. Since this village was supposed to be a nice place for elephants who had had a hard life before, I expected something different. The tourguide told me the elephants only work for three hours a day - this is NOT the case. During my time the elephants were going in the same circles for many hours carrying at least three persons all the time.
One of the other things that upsetted me was the disrespect coming from the mahouts. You are not allowed to smoke inside the village or near the elephants because the smoke harms them, but as soon as we entered the jungle I saw three mahouts lightning up sitting on the elephantback. Furthermore, the mahouts were wearing a instrument similar to a pickaxe wich they used to handle the elephants. Almost all of the elephants had cuts in ther head, feets or trunk. Both old ones but also new ones. For me, this was a really sad and shocking experience.
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