December 19th, 2014
German travel organizations have agreed to remove elephant rides and other tourist attractions involving elephants from their program.
Following discussions with Pro Wildlife, AIDA Cruises, TUI Germany, Hauser Exkursionen and Geograf Exkursionen announced they will introduce elephant-friendly tourism. They vowed not to offer safaris and other attractions involving elephants.
Daniela Freyer of Pro Wildlife lauded the move adding that several companies have now agreed to refrain from offering tours inflicting cruel treatment on elephants in a statement.
The statement touched upon Nepal wherein at least five elephants are smuggled across the border from India each year to be employed in the safari industry. They are subjected to a brutal practice where they are chained, confined, beaten and torture, reads the statement.