COVID-19 has a devastating impact on tourism in Thailand, putting the lives of captive elephants in danger. A drastic reduction in income has seen many venues struggle to feed and care for their elephants. Without our immediate help, these captive elephants are at risk of malnutrition and death by starvation. We aim to provide struggling elephant venues with food, supplements and medicine. We have identified six higher welfare venues with a total of 60 elephant residents where we can help.
Coronavirus has had a devastating impact, causing industry and people everywhere to grind to a halt. This economic downturn, fear of the disease and restrictions on movement of people puts animals at risk all over the world. Tourism in Thailand has almost entirely ground to a halt, putting lives of captive elephants in danger. A drastic income reduction has seen many venues struggle to feed and care for their elephants. These captive elephants are at risk of malnutrition and death by starvation.
With the help of our supporters, we must provide struggling elephant venues with food, supplements, medicine and venue running costs to certain centres. We have identified six higher welfare elephant venues with a total of approximately 60 elephant residents where we can help. Elephants require about 10% of their body weight in food every day. That's up to 400kg of grass, leaves, fruits and vegetables. Captive elephants are dependent on humans for their survival and cannot live in the wild.
COVID-19, that finds its cause in the contact between human and animal, proves yet again that wild animals belong in the wild. We work to end the global wildlife trade forever. There is no better time for governments, corporates and people to unite to curb the use of wild animals for entertainment, food, medicine or to be kept as exotic pets.