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November 11, 2020 - The Independent (UK)

THAILAND: Dozens of elephants risk being sold to Chinese circuses when Covid restrictions end

THAILAND: Dozens of elephants risk being sold to Chinese circuses when Covid restrictions end
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A campaign has been launched to save 38 elephants, all at risk of being sold to the logging industry and to Chinese-owned circuses based in Thailand once coronavirus measures are lifted.

The group of elephants, made up of 15 babies plus 23 juveniles and adults, live in various villages around northwest Thailand. They have been “cruelty free” since Covid restrictions began, at which point a massive slump in Thailand’s tourism saw working elephants return to their villages in remote forestland, according to non-profit Gentle Giants.

But activists now dread Covid measures being lifted because it will signal the return of many of these animals to hard labour.

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