The Great Elephant DebateIndia, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Tours & Attractions, Wildlife & Animals — By Holly C on September 24, 2006 at 4:43 am
When our tour guide, Sunil, told us riding an elephant was believed to be able to change my luck, I was all game. After all, For Me magazine, where my monthly column chronicling my on-the-road adventures was scheduled to appear, had closed after only two of the five stories I’d written getting into print. I was hoping to find another publication that would give my column a home.
But one look at the elephants’ sawed off ivory tusks and chained ankles made my heart sink. As Amanda and Jen climbed the ladder to mount the towering elephants, I backed down, telling myself no matter how much my luck changed for the better, it wasn’t worth contributing to the slavery of this beautiful animal.
Am I reading too much into this tourist attraction and taking things too seriously? Does choosing to boycott the elephant ride really do anything at all?
What do you think about riding elephants, camels, etc: Hurtful or harmless?