World Elephant Day isn’t just about saving the species in their wild habitat, but also ensuring those trapped in a life of captivity are free from suffering. Human desires are responsible for elephants living lives that are far removed from anything natural, so we have to be the ones that try to make it right.
The shameful reality is that elephants often die a premature death in captivity due to their basic needs not being met. Space to roam, natural forage, the companionship of others of their own kind, varied land and substrates- these things aren’t rocket science. Yet in order to provide these, it takes putting the elephants’ welfare before those of humans. That’s what sanctuary is all about.
Unfortunately, often elephants are not sent to sanctuary until they are old and physically debilitated. This can shorten the time they are able to live an appropriate and joyous life, but that doesn’t take away from what even a few days at sanctuary can do. As Pelusa’s lead vet said during his ESB visit, ‘Even if she were to only live a week after coming here, it would still be worth it.’
Please take this day to share the plight of elephants, wild or captive, with someone that simply may not be aware. You would be surprised how many people don’t realize the struggles. The more people that understand the impact that humans are having on the lives of elephants everywhere, the brighter their future will be.
Educate and donate. ❤️
August 12, 2019