The Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary was created to protect elephants and other endangered animals of the region and to conserve their natural habitat. Read More >
David and Pam Casselman
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Richard Mc Lellan M.D.
Elephants in circuses are routinely beaten with bull hooks and electric prods while being trained. These intelligent, social animals can live their entire lives in circus trailers. The majority of the time, they are chained up, unable to move in any direction.
In captivity, elephants often endure severe physical and psychological suffering. Circuses use deprivation, pain and physical force to control the creatures — means that have been denounced by Amnesty International as torture.
Elephants are transported from town to town shackled by their front and back legs so they cannot take a step. They are forced to eat, sleep, and defecate in the same small trailers, in extreme temperatures, where they can be kept for more than 24 hours at a time, all for 10 minutes of human entertainment during an average circus performance.
Elephants In Crisis' goal is to remove all elephants from the exploitation and inhumanity of circuses and to place them into protected sanctuaries. Through protest, support of community-based actions and awareness campaigns, the End Circus Exploitation program works to end the captivity, abuse and mistreatment of elephants in circuses in the U.S. and around the world.
In parts of Asia, elephants have traditionally been used as living tractors and bulldozers by farmers and loggers. Other 'broken' elephants are used as a novelty to increase the amount of money beggars can collect on city streets. Read More >>
Elephant poaching and the illegal trade in ivory is a multi-million dollar business, often run by highly organized criminal networks. Every year nearly 4,000 elephants are killed to sustain the illegal ivory trade. Read More >>
Elephants in the wild can travel up to 50 miles a day with their family groups. Zoo environments cannot meet the social and physical needs of these intelligent and majestic creatures. Read More >>
Given their need to roam and their varied dietary requirements, elephants will not have enough open space to sustain themselves in the near future if the amount of viable habitat in Africa and Asia continues to shrink at current rates. Read More >>