Elephant riding tourism has caused serious consequences as evidenced by the case of Pai Lin, a female elephant who has worked in the tourism industry for 25 years. Specifically, she has carried on her back 6 tourists per ride for a long time, which has led to a very serious consequence of her spine becoming severely curved.
In addition, according to the WFFT organization, the back of this elephant still has old injuries. They said that these wounds were not treated in time, so over time they caused degeneration of the tissues and bones on the back, leading to her spine not being able to return to its original shape.
Pai Lin is now in a conservation area, living with 24 other elephants rescued by WFFT. She has gained weight and looks better. However, sadly, she will have to live with her deformed spine for the rest of her life.
It is known that elephant riding is a popular tourism activity in Southeast Asia. However, WFFT says that this is a form of animal abuse because the bone structure of elephants is not suitable for carrying a large weight.
Moreover, many elephants in other countries are also abused, becoming “money-making tools” in other industries such as logging. Even many exhausted elephants die while working literally.