Lek Chailert (foreground) accompanies elephants Sri Nuan and Somboon on their walk to a sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, that is their new home, their days of taking tourists on rides finally over. Charity World Animal Protection estimates 110 million people take part in wildlife tourism that involves cruelty every year. Photo: Barton Walsh

Unethical wildlife tourism: one small victory as elephants walk to freedom on Thai island of Koh Samui

  • Holidaymakers who ride elephants or take selfies with tigers and dolphins may not be aware of the cruel treatment these wild animals suffer at hands of trainers
  • Hundreds of people lined the roads of Koh Samui recently to see two elephants freed from carrying tourists through its jungle walk to their new sanctuary home
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Lek Chailert (foreground) accompanies elephants Sri Nuan and Somboon on their walk to a sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, that is their new home, their days of taking tourists on rides finally over. Charity World Animal Protection estimates 110 million people take part in wildlife tourism that involves cruelty every year. Photo: Barton Walsh
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