icon-cookie
The website uses cookies to optimize your user experience. Using this website grants us the permission to collect certain information essential to the provision of our services to you, but you may change the cookie settings within your browser any time you wish. Learn more
I agree
blank_error__heading
blank_error__body
Text direction?

BREAKING! Elephants Beaten With Bullhooks for Thailand’s Annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament



VIDEO | TAKE ACTION



Beating elephants who are used in a game they do not understand while claiming to fund conservation efforts for their species is a scam.

Breaking eyewitness footage shows elephants who were forced to participate in Thailand’s cruel King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament being repeatedly struck and gouged with bullhooks—sharp steel-tipped rods resembling fireplace pokers—and their ears being violently yanked. One mahout can be seen hitting an elephant on the head approximately 15 times, and blood appears to be visible. The event took place last weekend next to Thailand’s Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, owned by the Minor Hotel Group.

TAKE ACTION

After watching PETA’s footage, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort released a statement claiming they fired the offending mahouts. Yet, investigators continued to document abuse, which we shared live on social media.

Behind the scenes at #Thailand’s King's Cup #ElephantPolo Tournament this weekend. @Anantara_Hotels know we are watching and still they can't leave the elephants alone.

TAKE ACTION: https://t.co/BVeQGkL6Bw pic.twitter.com/0GjFI2O2Tj

— PETA Asia (@PETAAsia) March 10, 2018

BREAKING INVESTIGATION: Investigators just captured more beating during today's #absoluteyou yoga event at #Thailand’s King's Cup #ElephantPolo Tournament. 💔 Absolute shame, @Anantara_Hotels.

TAKE ACTION NOW: https://t.co/teQGjF1Go8 pic.twitter.com/ZTeE1n6hQQ

— PETA Asia (@PETAAsia) March 11, 2018

Elephants suffer for this tournament. Yet Dairy Queen, Hooters Asia, IBM, Johnnie Walker, Oman Air, Peroni Brewery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, and many other companies sponsored the cruel tournament this year.

Beaten and Broken

The only way to make elephants tolerate having humans riding around on their backs for polo games or any other reason is to “break” them. They’re chained and beaten with bullhooks or other weapons and constantly threatened with violence to keep them afraid and submissive.

If we look honestly at the reality of life in captivity for elephants compared to the life that they would have in nature, we can see how far trainers have degraded these magnificent animals. Elephants are highly social beings who thrive in matriarchal herds, protecting each other, caring for their babies, and traveling many miles a day. They experience joy, sadness, and fear. Their rituals of mourning over the deaths of family members rival any that humans have developed. But throughout Thailand, baby elephants are routinely beaten and subjected to other egregiously cruel forms of training. Their complex emotional states and multifaceted relationships are left in tatters. Using these endangered animals in silly spectacles is shameful. Thailand should be focused on protecting these majestic animals in their natural habitats, not exploiting them for human amusement.

You Can Help Stop This!

Tourism company Tiger Tops, the organizer of the International Elephant Polo Competition, recently announced that it would stop hosting the event in order to help take a stand against cruelty to animals. In 2011, London-based Guinness World Records Ltd. removed all references to elephant polo from the Guinness World Records books because of the abuse that elephants endure for these events. And following discussions with PETA India, Carlsberg Group withdrew its sponsorship of the Polo Cup.

Please ask the Minor Hotel Group, the organizer of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, to stop supporting these cruel “games.” To help even more, share this alert with everyone you know.

Personalized letters always work best.

Feel free to use the sample letter provided, but keep in mind that your letter will carry more weight if you write your own customized message and subject line.


Please join PETA in urging the Minor Hotel Group to make the compassionate decision to stop elephant abuse by filling out the form below.

Measure
Measure
Related Notes
Get a free MyMarkup account to save this article and view it later on any device.
Create account

End User License Agreement

Summary | 5 Annotations
Breaking eyewitness footage shows elephants who were forced to participate in Thailand’s cruel King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament being repeatedly struck and gouged with bullhooks—sharp steel-tipped rods resembling fireplace pokers—and their ears being violently yanked
2018/03/16 08:06
The only way to make elephants tolerate having humans riding around on their backs for polo games or any other reason is to “break” them.
2018/03/17 08:15
Their complex emotional states and multifaceted relationships are left in tatters. Using these endangered animals in silly spectacles is shameful.
2018/03/17 08:15
Yet Dairy Queen, Hooters Asia, IBM, Johnnie Walker, Oman Air, Peroni Brewery, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, and many other companies sponsored the cruel tournament this year.
2018/03/17 08:16
Elephants are highly social beings who thrive in matriarchal herds, protecting each other, caring for their babies, and traveling many miles a day. They experience joy, sadness, and fear. Their rituals of mourning over the deaths of family members rival any that humans have developed.
2018/03/17 08:17