Why riding elephants should be taboo?
Riding damages the health of an elephant because its back is not made for carrying the weight of people for the entire day.
Let us explain to you the anatomy of an elephant in a nutshell: The backbone of an elephant differs from that of a horse. An elephant is built to lift weight with its trunk – and not to carry people on its back. The vertebrae of the elephant’s backbone point upwards just like humans. Instead of round and smooth discs, elephants have sharp, bony protrusions that extend upwards from their spine. If people constantly sit in metal seats on the back of the elephant, the animal feels pain and its health is severely damaged.
The living conditions are unfortunately not species-appropriate either: if an elephant is not needed to work for a time – whether it be in the day or at night – it is chained up for hours on end on a short chain. Even if the animal is too sick to work, it has to remain motionless in an area that is way too small.
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