After the rising protests opposing elephant rides, there is finally good news. Cambodia is making a positive difference by opting to prohibit elephant rides at its famous tourist attraction, Angkor Wat, beginning in 2020. The outrage began in 2016 when a report came of an elephant who dropped dead of fatigue after becoming ruthlessly used as a ‘ transport ‘ for travelers.
In 2018, after yet another animal died of starvation, more than 14,000 individuals have signed a petition to end the barbaric activity in less than 48 hours.
The Angkor Elephant Group Committee has brought an end to this cruelty to animals.
President of the Commission, Oan Kiry, told The Phnom Penh Post: “In early 2020, our association plans to end the use of elephants to transport tourists. They can still watch the elephants and take photos of them in our conservation and breeding center. We want the elephants to live in as natural a manner as possible”.