Don’t Feed the Elephants in Bangkok

A bull elephant in Thailand

A bull elephant in Thailand. Photo: OxOx.

BANGKOK — You can still feed elephants in Thailand’s bustling capital—but it could cost you.

Bangkok authorities said Monday anyone caught handing bunches of bananas or sugar cane to the hulking beasts—proffered by their handlers to make money—faces a 10,000 baht ($320) fine.

Thailand has about 2,400 domestic elephants. There is little demand these days for the animals’ traditional skills in logging and other labor, so owners sometimes loan them for begging from tourists and locals in major cities.

“The ordinance is issued to prevent untidiness or danger toward properties and lives of Bangkok residents,” said Manit Techa-apichoke, deputy director of the City Law Enforcement Department, adding there had been cases of elephants hurting people and falling into drains.

Source: The Star

The Star

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