After a shocking PETA Asia exposé showed elephants being beaten for Anantara Resort’s 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand, Australian sponsor Sunraysia has informed PETA that it will no longer support the event.
In a letter to PETA, Sunraysia CEO Anthony Davie stated:
We are distressed by the footage and strongly condemn the mistreatment of elephants that it shows. … Now that you have brought this matter to our attention, we will be discontinuing our sponsorship of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo event.
The footage shows handlers in a holding area next to the polo grounds repeatedly beating and jabbing the captive elephants’ heads with bullhooks – weapons that resemble a fireplace poker with a sharp metal hook on one end – which they also used to pull the animals by their extremely sensitive ears.
Elephants used for polo tournaments, rides, or any other type of entertainment endure violent training to force them into submission, with regular beatings. Between matches, they’re often shackled so tightly that they can barely take a single step.
Elephants belong in the wild, not on polo fields, where they’re forced to obey confusing commands under threat of punishment.
By withdrawing its sponsorship, Sunraysia has set a positive example for other companies that still support such abusive spectacles to follow. Other Australian companies, including The Coffee Club, Pelago Luxury, and Downia are still event sponsors.
Please ask the event’s Australia-based sponsors – The Coffee Club, Pelago Luxury and Downia – to stop supporting these cruel “games”.
And please share this information with everyone you know.
Article source: PETA Files