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June 25, 2020 - The Independent (UK)

Elephant training process known as ‘the crush’ revealed in rarely-seen footage

Elephant training process known as ‘the crush’ revealed in rarely-seen footage
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A cruel training method for baby elephants known as “the crush” has been revealed in rarely-seen footage.

The practice sees calves bound with chains and confined in narrow enclosures for days at a time to make them submissive enough to interact with tourists.

The footage is the first wealth of visual evidence in nearly two decades revealing that renowned elephant trainers in Thailand are using the practice, according to global non-profit, World Animal Protection (WAP).

Elephants are seen wailing while being separated from their mothers, bound with ropes and jabbed with spiked, metal hooks.

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