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
Julie and Gilbert Alexandre
Richard Mc Lellan M.D.
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.
The traditional way to train elephants in many countries is to break their spirit completely as babies so they are terrified of humans. Baby elephants are captured, put into pens that do not allow them to move or sit, and then, for days, villagers takes turns torturing the animals using hot irons and sticks imbedded with nails.
Elephants used in logging operations are routinely abused, and when their human masters are unable to find logging work, they take their elephant charges to city streets, to perform unnatural tricks that place harmful strain on their bodies. The concrete streets on which "begging" elephants are forced to walk also causes arthritis and foot infections that are often lethal.
EIC's Stop Elephant Slavery works with elephant protection programs based in India, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries to rescue elephants used in logging and begging, and to remove them to protected sanctuaries, like the EIC Sanctuary in Cambodia.
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 >>
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. 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 >>