PETA Reveals Extreme Cruelty Behind Elephant Polo and Football ‘Games’ Happening Right Now
For Immediate Release:
January 2, 2020
Chitwan – Despite claims by festival organizers that they’ve put measures in place to stop the cruelty, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has documented over the last week that handlers relentlessly beat elephants with sticks and bullhooks at Nepal’s Chitwan Elephant Festival.
“It’s 2020 – the Chitwan authorities need to stop treating elephants like it’s 1820. They should focus tourism on the amazing local culture and leave animals alone,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “It’s impossible to ride elephants and force them to play these meaningless ‘games’ without abuse.”
At last year’s event, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – recorded video footage showing similar elephant abuse.
Earlier this week, PETA activists protested outside the Department of Tourism to call on the Nepalese government to stop supporting elephant abuse by ending the Chitwan Elephant Festival immediately. Images from the protest are available upon request.
Broadcast quality footage from the event taking place now is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com.