Elephants are a supply of nationwide delight and cultural id for Thailand.
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 05:30 PM IST
Thailand held a fruit banquet for dozens of elephants within the historical capital Ayutthaya on Saturday, persevering with an annual occasion which has been a giant draw for international vacationers within the hope they are going to return quickly and revive the important thing tourism business.
The feast marks the nation’s Elephant Day, celebrating elephants as a supply of nationwide delight and cultural id for Thailand all through its historical past, used for labour, transport and in battlefield triumphs by warriors and kings.
“We, the elephant individuals, are hoping that the federal government will open up the nation (quickly) to welcome international vacationers to ensure that them to herald revenue in order that we will pay for the elephant meals and compensation for his or her handlers,” mentioned Ittipan Kharwlamai, Common Supervisor of the Royal Elephant Kraal and Village, an elephant camp, situated north of Bangkok.
“We hope that vacationers will assist us and all 3,800 (domesticated) elephants to outlive,” he mentioned.
The tourism-reliant nation has but to raise a journey ban imposed final April to curb the outbreak, holding most international travellers and traders away.
Southeast Asia’s second-largest financial system suffered its deepest stoop in over 20 years final 12 months, when the variety of international guests plunged 83% from almost 40 million in 2019.
Animal rights teams have lengthy been calling for the elephant camps in Thailand to finish animal reveals and rides, branding the reveals a type of animal abuse.
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