No More Elephant rides at Singapore Zoo!

No More Elephant rides at Singapore Zoo!

Posted on Tuesday 16th December 2014

Categories: News, Victories

Singapore Zoo has announced that as of the 5th January 2015, visitors will no longer be able to ride or have contact with the elephants, as part of their adoption of a "protected contact elephant management" system.

This is a significant victory after the Asia for Animals coalition and our supporters submitted a letter- signed by over 100 animal protection organisations from around the world- expressing concerns about the "free contact" system that was in place, resulting in the continued use of the ankus by elephant keepers. Used to 'guide' elephants, the use of the ankus has a history of pain, discomfort, and human dominance.

By adopting the "protected contact management" system, only positive reinforcement is used, and keepers and members of the public are always protected by a barrier whether it be spatial or with fencing.

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