Thai domesticated elephants stolen from wild in Myanmar

your say October 12, 2018 01:00

Re: “Unlike PETA, Heinecke’s Minor International has made huge strides in elephant welfare”, Have Your Say, yesterday.

It’s strange that Carine Steiger-Maldaque would simultaneously praise Bill Heinecke and attack Jason Baker of PETA. By agreeing that there should be no more elephant polo in Thailand wasn’t Heinecke agreeing with Baker? He probably saw Baker’s video of one of the elephants in the tournament being beaten.

It is also not true that all elephants in Thailand are domestic. Many are stolen from the wild in Myanmar and then savagely tortured for days to break their spirit so they won’t refuse to give rides. If Carine is not aware of that, then she shouldn’t be writing about a subject she knows nothing about.

Eric Bahrt

Chiang Mai