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Video shows ‘shocking cruelty’ towards elephants at Jungle Book themed resort sold by top UK travel agencies

Elephants at the resort were kept chained by both their front and back legs, and tourists were also offered rides on the animals, which were expected to carry as many as three people at a time.

ADAM WITHNALL: ‘Leading travel agencies have been booking UK tourists on trips to a Jungle Book themed resort in India where the treatment of elephants amounts to animal cruelty, according to a leading welfare charity. A video taken by The Independent shows a captive adult Asian elephant being forced to shower tourists with its trunk, driven to do so each time by a handler wielding a large stick. Elephants at the resort in Kulem, eastern Goa, were kept chained by both their front and back legs, and tourists were also offered rides on the animals, which were expected to carry as many as three people at a time…

Kartick Satyanarayan, the founder of Wildlife SOS, said the video captured by The Independent was “shocking”… Wildlife SOS, the largest animal welfare charity in India, campaigns to raise awareness of the brutality involved in training captive elephants to be used for rides, tourism, processions or manual labour, with beatings and restraints used to break the spirit of the animal. “It’s a very vicious, very brutal [process],” Mr Satyanarayan said… Stays at the Jungle Book resort can be booked through TripAdvisor, despite the company’s introduction of a ban in 2016 on sales for attractions involving elephant rides and other physical contact with wild animals’. SOURCE…

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