What we do already.
Privately owned, captive elephants in Nepal work exclusively in the tourism industry, giving rides through the jungle with tourists on their backs & mahouts commanding them. Both elephants and mahouts are overworked. At the peak of the tourist season, the working day often starts at 5am and ends at 8pm with only a 1 hour break for lunch.
The seats on the back of the elephant alone weigh upwards of 150 kg plus the weight of 4 to 6 people. The ropes or straps that hold the seats in place are cinched tightly and painfully. It is common for the elephants to suffer injuries from these constraints under the tail and near the forelegs. As a result of their conditions, foot issues are especially common as well (overgrown nails, abscesses, cracks,...)
Since 2014, SU4E has been providing free care for around 50 elephants in town, like foot care, vitamins and other nutritional supplements.
Actions for 2021.
Stand Up 4 Elephants is endeavoring to ensure that a level of best practice is adopted for all elephants in care.
SU4E will continue the mission to help improve the lives of the elephants by helping owners to adapt to more ethical methods. We provide help with the costs to improve the shelters, offer free care, vitamins and supplements,...