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Video highlights animal cruelty at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

BANGKOK: On the heels of a National Geographic report exposing cruelty in the animal-tourism industry, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has obtained new video footage showing animals suffering at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo.

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 02:37PM


At Samutprakarn, PETA found elephants kept tethered by extremely short chains, including Gluay Hom, who was just a baby. They suffered from bleeding wounds, and handlers jabbed them with sharp metal spikes to force them into giving rides and performing tricks, like bowling, painting, and dancing. Unable to interact with each other, the elephants continuously swayed back and forth, a symptom of psychological distress.

PETA eyewitnesses also found animals such as a tiger, a chimpanzee, and an orangutan being exploited as photo props. When not being used for photos, the primates were held in cramped cages. They appeared to be frustrated and depressed, as they were denied mental stimulation and any opportunity for social interaction, both of which are extremely important to their well-being.

“The animals at this Thai zoo see nothing but concrete, chains, and cages,” says PETA Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on travellers around the world to stay away from any facility that sentences wild animals to a miserable life of violence and deprivation.”

The Thai elephant industry is notorious for the phajaan ritual, in which still-nursing baby elephants are dragged away from their mothers, immobilised, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with nails for days at a time. This treatment breaks their spirit, after which they spend the rest of their lives in captivity at facilities like Samutprakarn.

The video can be viewed here.

 

 

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Timothy | 14 June 2019 - 10:20:48

This National Geographic article will hopefully shame Thai authorities into doing something about the exploitation of animals for profit. Horror stories from all over Thailand make up the bulk of the article including (thankfully) the  Phuket zoo. Millions of people read NG. Perhaps some celebrities will take up this cause and help stop the abuse of these animals...  

Pascale | 12 June 2019 - 22:04:08

Indeed a shame! But as long as people still paying for this it won't stop.Same with many circus shows in many countries around the world.They are still allowed,even in  some highly developed countries.Different story,but same cruelty.And to Mr.K: Humans with other religious believes treat animals badly too! 

Kurt | 12 June 2019 - 19:13:52

There are simply no decent words to express how Thailand treat captive animals. Animals seem not to have a 'place' in thai buddhism.  What kind of human treat animals in Thailand so bad? And,...with no objection/corrections of thai government institutions.  Very shameful. 

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