Cruel elephant rides at Cambodia's famous temples are now coming to an end. The overworked group of 14 elephants will no longer be forced to work at Angkor Wat, where over 2.5 million international tourists visit each year. They will be transferred to a conservation and breeding centre by early 2020, the The Angkor Elephant Group Committee confirmed.
Oan Kiry, director of the Angkor Elephant Group Committee, said "In early 2020, our association plans to end the use of elephants to transport tourists. ‘They can still watch the elephants and take photos of them in our conservation and breeding centre. We want the elephants to live in as natural a manner as possible."
Again, to everyone who has campaigned for this over the years, thank you! What an incredible victory for the beautiful elephants of Angkor!