This article is republished with permission from our friends at PETA.
Sambo’s life was utter misery from the moment humans decided to use her as a tourist attraction. And now—she’s dead.
Reports say that Sambo was being forced to ferry tourists to the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees, and there was not even so much as a breeze to cool her. Overworked and overheated, she succumbed to the punishing conditions and is believed to have suffered a heart attack. She collapsed beside a road and died, and passersby reportedly wept over her body.
Elephants like Sambo who are used for rides are typically torn away from their mothers when they’re just babies, and their spirits are violently broken through domination, fear, and punishment. When forced to carry tourists around, they’re often denied food and water for hours and aren’t given any breaks from the extreme heat—which could have been what caused Sambo’s heart attack. When not being forced to give rides, these gentle animals are chained and barely able to move. In the wild, elephants have complex social networks, and they experience the same loneliness and grief that humans do when they’re separated from their families and forced to live without such important relationships.
Travel with compassion: Leave animal abuse off your itinerary.
It is estimated that more than half a million exotic animals are enslaved in the tourism industry around the world. Learn more about their plight and what to avoid.
There is absolutely no excuse for commandeering an elephant—or any other beautiful, intelligent animal—for the fleeting entertainment of tourists. The way you spend your money could literally be the difference between life and death for another animal like Sambo. The next time that you are planning to visit a country that offers elephant rides or other animal attractions, steer clear of this abuse.
Share this post with your friends, family, and followers. Let them know that elephant rides, fish pedicures, and tiger selfie photo-ops aren’t cute novelties—they are a living hell for suffering animals.
A quick note from our founders
We wanted to tell you about a better and far easier way to get all your daily nutritional needs and then some into your diet...
It's so incredible, we've done the unthinkable. YES, we sold our juicers--never to juice again!
And NO we’re not spending good money on outrageously expensive smoothies at those high-priced franchises or shots of wheatgrass at $5 a pop.
No this is way easier and cheaper…
In fact, each serving takes just 30 seconds to make and contains all your daily nutrition needs and more-- and at the same time, costs JUST $1.36 per serving.
You can make a glass in a snap, with water or almond milk and just a spoon or a water bottle.
Maybe best of all, each serving contains no sugar and there's no gag-reflex from the yucky taste of the dreaded green foam : )
Check out our new inexpensive, juicer-free juicing method