Elephants are wildlife, not entertainers.

Help the cruelty to Thailand’s elephants become a distant memory.

Whether taken from the wild or bred in captivity, elephants must be cruelly ‘trained’ for lives in entertainment.

They can be isolated, starved, beaten and chained up in small enclosures – a torturous ‘breaking-in’ process called ‘the crush’, lasting days or weeks when they are just a few years old.

Once they enter entertainment venues, elephants can be kept under constant restraint on chains, isolated from their herd and family groups, fed inadequate diets, and forced to perform demanding and damaging activities that cause stress and health problems.

When separated from their mothers and exposed to cruel training, they can develop post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Sadly, repetitive, aimless movements such as head rolling and pacing – signs of psychological problems – are also common.

Elephants, along with their mahouts, are at the mercy of a huge tourism market marred with unregulated working hours, insufficient animal welfare regulations, and a lack of meaningful animal husbandry standards.

World Animal Protection is working with governments, travel companies and venue owners to move venues to offer humane care and responsible viewing of elephants in wild or semi-wild habitats, instead of rides or shows.

Your kind gift today could help keep elephants like Pang Dow safe in their sanctuaries, build night enclosures at the BLES sanctuary, continue our campaign to stop elephants being used in entertainment, and protect other vulnerable animals around the world.

Please give generously.

$40 could help keep elephants like Pang Dow safe in their sanctuaries.

$80 could help build night enclosures at the BLES sanctuary.

$150 could help continue our campaign for improved animal welfare regulation in Thailand.



Where your money goes

These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2015 audited accounts.

World Animal Protection has been protecting animals for over 50 years and we passionately believe that animals matter. With your support, we’ll go where animal suffering is most far-reaching and animal cruelty is most severe.

In 2015, 94% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We can ensure your vital donation is making the biggest impact for animals as possible and is helping achieve lasting change.

* These figures are in local currency and taken from the New Zealand 2015 audited accounts.

  • Programs = 94%
  • Fundraising = 5%
  • Admin = 1%