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A heartbreaking video of a chained elephant painting self-portrait in front of tourists is going viral on the Internet.
At first, it looks adorable to see an elephant holding a paintbrush and painting self-portrait at a Thai nursery on National Elephant Day.
But, when you look closely, it appears that the innocent animal has a massive chain around its neck.
According to a survey by World Animal Protection, three-quarters elephant across Asia are living in ‘severely cruel conditions’.
Maria Mossman, founder of non-profit group Action for Elephants UK told Guardian: “Many parks advertise themselves as sanctuaries but they are not.”
“Never go to a park that advertises shows, unnatural behaviour, tricks or painting – and please, never ride an elephant.”
“In some places, this means a lot of people every hour with the elephants in the water – it’s not natural for an elephant to be in the water all day with lots of people climbing all over them,” she added.
Global Wildlife and veterinary adviser at World Animal Protection, Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, told BBC:
“The cruel trend of elephants used for rides and shows is growing – we want tourists to know that many of these elephants are taken from their mothers as babies, forced to endure harsh training and suffer poor living conditions throughout their life.”
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