Many tourists flock every day in special camps in the elephant rides, animal symbol of Thailand, despite criticism from animal rights organizations who denounce abuse by some mahouts.
“Elephants are working every day, every month, 365 days out of 365,” a member of the association Wildlife Friends of Thailand.
“If you were to do the same, you would be stressed. It’s the same thing for the elephants. At one point, they go crazy and can not control them, “he insisted.
Currently the country has 4,000 domesticated elephants against 2500 remain at large, according to Traffick animal rights NGOs.
In June, an elephant killed a Thai and wounded another in a beach restaurant, while his mahout was talking with the two men.
Elephants are often used for Proposed rides to tourists. Traditionally exploited by man for transporting tree trunks, elephants kingdom gathered en masse in the tourism industry after the ban on their use in the forest industry in 1989.