The elephant tourism industry in Southeast Asia is killing elephants. After all, in order to supply the demand for elephant treks and circus tricks, people often take the animals from their jungle homes and enslave and abuse them.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Take the recent rescue of Baan Yen, a 50-year-old elephant who had been badly abused at her previous home. When the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary from Thailand found her, she was in desperate need of medical attention.
And we know some of what she went through. According to the Phuket Sanctuary, Baan Yen had been working at a camp for over 20 years. Sadly, the conditions there must have been harsh, as they’d taken a heavy toll on her body.