Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Posted on 10/06/2008


Photo taken on January  1, 2000



See also...

Thailand and its tradition Thailand and its tradition


Thailand : amazing Bangkok Thailand : amazing Bangkok


Thailand : Peaceful Isaan Thailand : Peaceful Isaan


Asian Asian


animals (no dogs, no cats) animals (no dogs, no cats)


Animals of the world Animals of the world


Asia Travel - Are You ? Asia Travel - Are You ?


Thailand Thailand


Animal Photos Animal Photos


Travel Photo Forum Travel Photo Forum


Travel Photography Travel Photography


See more...

Keywords

new scanned diapositives
Thailand
Isaan
Issan
Isan
Mukdahan
Elephant
Mahout


Authorizations, license

Visible by: Everyone
All rights reserved

633 visits

Mahout and his elephant called Lamduan

Mahout and his elephant called Lamduan
Most of the elephant keepers (mahouts) in Thailand are having big problems to earn enough for their livelihood and to support the elephant. The elephant handlers often bring domesticated animals into cities seeking work. The locations can spell danger: broken sidewalks, holes in roads and fast-moving traffic can often result in accidents. And elephants aren't nocturnal animals, so the mahouts keep them awake with drugs. Most tourist aren't aware that this is cruelty to these animals. Just see the attractions. It is up to the government to find a solution for keeping the Thai tradition without forcing the mahouts to abuse their elephants as tourist attractions.
Nevertheless, there is a strong bond between Thai people and elephants. Elephants hold a revered place in society because of their symbolic importance to monarchs, religion, and to the nation as a whole.
The Asian mahouts suffer from very high losses, because of the prohibition of ivory trade. Asian people don't kill their elephants to cut the tusks, but its an essential procedure to regularly cut the teeth. Now, ivory trade is banned all over the world, and the Asian mahouts suffer under bad, criminal image of the black African ivory business.

Comments