Jaipur: Amber Fort: elephants by golftragic

Jaipur: Amber Fort: elephants

Calm down folks, a total no-no for us. Buses etc can't get up the long, steep climb to the Amber Fort. Elephants used to be the common way to get to the top, now it's mostly jeeps because, according to our guide the vast majority of Aussies/Kiwis and Western Europeans won't ride on these poor exploited animals. Pity the rest of the world doesn't think the same way. No mention of North Americans, but one would assume they're included amongst the Forces of Light. We had none in our group.
Poor things. Talk about exploited
March 22nd, 2019  
@jgpittenger Made my blood boil.
March 22nd, 2019  
I know it's exploitation - but it's made for a great photo :)
March 22nd, 2019  
Poor things.
March 22nd, 2019  
It's probably the only life the elephants have ever known. This shot reminds me of the camel rides in Israel- but there you can see the camels are taken care of. Hopefully these animals are treated well when they're not working. And yes, I think most "northerners" would be bothered by it, but it is a good shot.
March 23rd, 2019  
I feel that respect for the animal should be of paramount importance.
March 23rd, 2019  
This is so sad to see especially in contrast to the amazing elephants I had the privilege of seeing in Tanzania. What a contrast of life for these poor creatures. The photo is journalistic quality in what it conveys.
March 23rd, 2019  
This might be a way to make money to feed the elephant.
March 23rd, 2019  
@gilbertwood The sight upset me.
March 23rd, 2019  
@merrelyn Absolutely. A disgrace.
March 23rd, 2019  
@olivetreeann I'm none too sure that these animals were kindly cared for, very likely not.
March 23rd, 2019  
@joysabin We are of a mind.
March 23rd, 2019  
@taffy And the beautiful elephants we saw in Sri Lanka too, Taffy. This sight really upset me, I thought these days were long gone.
March 23rd, 2019  
Yes, I recoiled when I saw these elephants. But there are various things to do with wildlife that make me recoil right here in OZ.
March 23rd, 2019  
@ethelperry Absolutely agree, on both counts. It's quite abhorrent to see elephants exploited like this and the unthinking idiots sitting on them need brain transplants.
March 24th, 2019  
Such beautiful creatures - such a shame. Makes me wince to think about it.
March 24th, 2019  
@fbailey I had quite violent (passing) thoughts about tearing the stupid people off the poor animals.
March 24th, 2019  
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