Pledge Holidays whole-heartedly supports efforts to outlaw the cruel exploitation of elephants in Sri Lanka

 

Elephants are a vital tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. They are a major feature of our many nature reserves, including the famed annual gathering at Minneriya.

It is especially true of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is a must-see for many visitors en route to Kandy in the Hill Country.

Unfortunately, many of these magnificent animals in Sri Lanka are being cruelly exploited as tourist attractions by unlicensed ‘zoos’ that promote elephant rides and ‘up close’ experiences.

 

The situation is now so serious that, as the Colombo Telegraph reports, more than 100 travel companies across the world have committed to stopping elephant rides and shows.

This is the result of growing pressure by London-based World Animal Protection (WAP), which says: “If you can ride it, hug it or have a selfie with the wild animal, the chances are it’s a cruel venue. Don’t go.”

According to the WAP, leading global travel companies have agreed to stop selling and promoting venues with elephant rides and shows, in a bid to end the cruel practice.

 

Meanwhile, several leading hotels are being criticised for reportedly promoting elephant rides amidst growing protests against temples housing elephants.

Says the Telegraph: “In early March, Buddhist monk and politician Uduwe Dhammaloka was arrested … for allegedly possessing a baby elephant without a permit.

“Sri Lankans are also taking a stand, with many demanding that the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society and Department of Wildlife Conservation stop elephant cruelty at the popular Dehiwela zoo.”

Pledge Holidays whole-heartedly supports WAP efforts to stop this cruel abuse of elephants, and wishes to make clear that we do not support any form of elephant exploitation.

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