I have ridden elephants in India and the US and I've NEVER seen treatment of the animals like I saw at this park site. The guide that was leading our elephant hit her so hard and stabbed her with a prod that she was bleeding quite bad from her ear. Now granted I wasn't happy with the chained animals at the breeding center either, but any animal in captivity has some sort of shackle be it a cage, a fence, or a chain. Thus I had a feeling I'd see something of this nature at the breeding center - though you would believe that they'd have a bit more freedom than they do. But my real disgust is with the elephant safari - sure I saw some spotted deer, bark deer, a wild boar and 2 rhinos, but was that worth the mistreatment of the elephant - absolutely not. And you could see the fear in my companion's face when the elephant would run, roar, turn in circles, and shake a tree in anger - this went on for a solid 15-20 mins while the guide continuously beat her with a wood stick and metal poker. Don't support this portion of the business - demand better treatment by choosing other means of getting out there, i.e. foot, canoe, or jeep.
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