Phuket beach club slammed for using baby elephant as pool party prop

Phuket beach.

Phuket beach. Image by Alexander king / CC BY 2.0

Thai conservation group Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand has launched a social media campaign questioning the use of baby elephants for entertainment after images of tourists riding a baby elephant around a pool at Nikki Beach club in Phuket were posted on the club’s Facebook page. Phuket has a long history of using juvenile elephants for entertainment purposes, though debate about the use of elephants in tourism across the kingdom has intensified in recent years. Read more: phuketwan.com

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