Horrifying footage has been revealed, showing an emaciated elephant being made dance as onlooking tourists laugh in the background.
The awfully upsetting clip shows the skeletal infant, dubbed a ‘real-life Dumbo‘, and two adults nodding their heads and stamping its feet, as rave music blasts out of the speakers – much to the amusement of victors.
Trainers at the zoo in Phuket, Thailand, then scrape the animals with hooks, which is said to act as a reminder to the animals that they could be poked with sharp objects if they do not perform.
Investigators who filmed the footage also saw one elephant being jabbed. While older animals were made to swing hoops around their trunks. As one of the elephants moves away from the podium it is meant to stand on, a trainer then pulls it back to its position by its ear.
The animals are made do a ‘play‘ three times a day. Behind the undercover scenes, it shows the animals in distress, sucking their trunks and dancing repeatedly.
Amy Jones of Moving Animals, the organisation behind the scenes footage, said: “Tourists’ money pays to keep this young elephant in captivity, and she will spend the rest of her life, forced to perform day after day.
“Shocking photos also reveal her skeletal body, raising concerns of possible malnourishment and exhaustion.”
Ms Jones said that she also saw an elephant alone in a concrete enclosure, pulling on her chain and attempting to get to the investigators. Since the release of the horrifying footage, a petition has now been signed more than 24,000 times, demanding the school’s closure.
It shows: “The tiny infant is made to ‘perform’ for tourists up to three times a day in shows that include ‘raving’ to loud music, ‘playing’ musical instruments and performing tricks.
“Eyewitness footage and images have also revealed her skeletal body, raising concerns of possible malnourishment and exhaustion.
“When she is not performing, she stands on display for tourists, all while silently sucking on her trunk for comfort – a sign of distress seen when infant elephants are without their mother.
“We must stop this from being her fate for the rest of her life.”She carr: “No elephant should have to live in such heartbreaking conditions. And ‘Dumbo’ deserves to spend the rest of her life in a place where she can feel happiness and peace.”
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