Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant
Elephants are hurt both physically and psychologically when tourists ride them. The “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” campaign raises awareness of this. It also shows tourists how to interact ethically with elephants by giving info on 30 elephant sanctuaries in 13 countries. For more info on why riding is abusive, see this video, but if it may distress you, read a summary.
The scars on the elephant’s head (above) are from the hook used by almost all mahouts.
The “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” campaign is also a major fundraiser. Elephanatics will fund the rescue of an abused tourism elephant in Thailand and let her retire to the Elephant Nature Park!
You can help in 2 ways:
1. Buy a limited edition “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” t-shirt, available in grey or pink, for $30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with t-shirt colour and size plus your address so we can quote you the cost of postage.
2. Two of Elephanatics’ directors (Tessa Vanderkop & Leanne Fogarty) will be dressing in full elephant costume and plunging into the icy waters of English Bay on January 1!
Please make a donation
(no amount is too small) so we can rescue the tourism elephant. Every cent you donate will go directly towards saving the elephant.
Come cheer Tessa & Leanne on at:
The 98th Annual Polar Bear Swim
Monday, January 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm
English Bay, downtown Vancouver