I fell for it.  10 years ago in Thailand.  They convinced me that the elephants were ok.  They convinced me that we were supporting a safe place for them.  They convinced me that they were different – they were the ethical place in town.  They said, “Elephant rides don’t hurt the elephant.  They’re big and strong, and can easily carry small humans on their back.”  It’s not true!  It’s not true!  It’s not true!  I wish I could scream it from every street corner in Southeast Asia.  Visit an elephant sanctuary instead! Continue reading →