Animal rights activists are now going full-speed in raising their voices to save what is now being dubbed as the real-life “Dumbo” from the Phuket Zoo, Thailand.
Dumbo is a baby elephant that is being forced to perform for tourists at the Phuket Zoo where it is made to dance to loud music, play musical instruments, and perform tricks, according to the petition posted by the concerned activists at Moving Animals.
“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,” the petition wrote.
“No elephant should have to live in such heartbreaking conditions,” the post continues. “And ‘Dumbo’ deserves to spend the rest of her life in a place where she can feel happiness and peace.”
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Help send “Dumbo” the skeletal baby elephant to a sanctuary: movinganimals.org/savedumbo We’re so grateful to @the.independent for covering our investigation about this baby elephant who is forced to perform in shows that include “raving” to loud music and “playing” musical instruments. When she is not performing, she stands on display for tourists, all while silently sucking on her trunk for comfort. . Please sign the petition calling for “Dumbo’s” release to a sanctuary where she can finally feel peace and happiness: movinganimals.org/savedumbo . 📷 Phuket Zoo, Thailand | Moving Animals
Pictures taken from the zoo show Dumbo’s skeletal body, which raised concerns that the poor infant elephant might also be suffering from malnourishment and exhaustion.
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“We watched as tourists laughed and took selfies, while the baby elephant stood with her eyes closed, quietly sucking her trunk.” . We’re completely overwhelmed by the support and compassion this baby elephant has received over the last few days. Over 50,000 individuals have spoken out calling for his release to a sanctuary, and international media outlets including the likes of @the.independent @dailymail @thesun @dailymirror @unilad @ladbible @thethaigernews @nieuwsblad @metro.co.uk & @larepubblica have reported on the photographs and footage captured, helping to spread awareness. If you haven’t already, please join us in calling for “Dumbo’s” release to a sanctuary: movinganimals/savedumbo (link in bio). No animal should spend their life performing for tourist “entertainment”. . 📷 Phuket Zoo, Thailand, 2019 | Moving Animals
If you want to support the cause, you can head over to Care2 Petitions to help Dumbo live a better life at an ethical sanctuary. As of the time of writing, the petition already has 53,800 supporters out of its 100,000 goal.
Featured image via Instagram / moving.animals