Lasah deserves the outdoor and not being chained for the rest of his life

An online petition to free Lasah, an elephant, has started and is becoming a trending topic on social media. As of this writing, the petition has received an almost 400 thousand signatures from people all over the world.

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According to the petition, Lasah is a 37-year old wild born elephant who was captured and taken into captivity when he was a baby. Unfortunately, he was separated from his mum and herd, and eventually chained in zoos. He was exploited and exposed to tourism and entertainment for over 25 years in Malaysia.

Lasah has been forced to work in a logging camp, lived in zoos including Singapore Zoo, performed to different shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet. The elephant has been used in commercials and just recently, the 1999 film "Anna and the King".

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12 years ago he was sent to the popular Malaysian tourist island, Langkawi and since then he has been used by the profit-making Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA). There, Lasah was forced for elephant rides and lives all alone, which is devastating for a social animal like elephants. LEA also continues to offer Lasah for other commercial purposes on their website.

According to the petition, in July 2016, activists exposed photos of Lasah being chained on all four legs behind public eyes during LEA's closing hours. In March 2017, eight months after the campaign for Lasah have started, the Malaysian environment ministry said that Lasah is chained on two feet only and not exploited for tourism purposes.

Unfortunately, Lasah has suffered for too long. This abuse must stop. Sign and share the petition to urge the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to grant Lasah's freedom, allowing him to go to a sanctuary in Cambodia which has offered a permanent home for Lasah. 

You may sign the petition HERE.

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In 45 years, we have killed 60% of Earth's wildlife

Humans have been around for more than 2 million years. But in the last 44 years, we have achieved what we haven’t in all this while: a mass annihilation of our fellow earthlings. Between 1970 and 2014, Earth lost nearly 60% decline of its mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, almost all of it due to human activity.

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The rate at which Earth is losing its biodiversity is comparable only to the mass extinctions. This and other findings have been published by the World Wildlife Fund in its Living Planet Report 2018, a stinging reminder of the declining health of the planet.

Published by WWF every two years, the report documents the state of the planet in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems, the demand on natural resources and its impact on nature and wildlife. This year, its results are even more devastating than ever:
  • 20% of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years 
  • On a global scale, the area of minimally disturbed forests declined by 92 million hectares between 2000 and 2013
  • Of all species that have gone extinct since 1500 AD, 75% were harmed by over exploitation or agriculture
  • Ocean acidification may be occurring at a rate not seen in at least 300 million years. The Earth is estimated to have lost 50% of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years
  • Humans are responsible for releasing 100 billion tonnes of carbon into the Earth’s system every 10 years. In April 2018, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached an average of 410 parts per million (ppm) across the entire month–the highest level in at least 800,000 years
  • Only 25% of land on Earth is substantively free of the impacts of human activities. This is projected to decline to just 10% by 2050

The report states that as our reliance on natural reserves continues to grow, it’s clear that nature is not just a ‘nice thing to have’. It’s imperative for our survival.

A global deal for nature and people

WWF along with conservation and science colleagues around the world are calling for a new global deal between nature and people, involving decision makers at every level to make the right political, financial and consumer choices. WWF is collaborating with a consortium of almost 40 universities and organisations to launch a research initiative that will explore the critical work of putting together the best ways to save the planet.

The report says that the biggest challenge—and biggest opportunity—lies in changing our approach to development and remember that protecting nature also helps protect people.

In the words of Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, “Today, we still have a choice. We can be the founders of a global movement that changed our relationship with the planet. Or we can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act. The choice is ours.”

Elephant collapses and dies after walking for 40 minutes, giving rides to two tourists in Cambodia

A petition to end elephant riding at Angkor Wat in Cambodia has garnered more than 14,000 signatures in just 48 hours after an elderly elephant trained to carry tourists collapsed and died in 40 degree heat.

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Sambo, aged between 40 and 45, died after walking for 40 minutes, carrying two tourists, one at a time, between two temples in the ancient archaeological complex.

A vet established that Sambo "died of a heart attack due to high temperatures and lack of wind", according to the Phnom Penh Post. Oan Kiri, manager of the Angkor Elephant Company, which had owned Sambo since 2001, as saying the company was saddened by the loss.

Campaigners in Cambodia say Sambo's death should be the catalyst to lead to the banning of elephant tourism.

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"It's time to end elephant riding," read the petition addressed to the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA).

"The death… should be the final wake-up call for the community and tourism industry to take the steps needed to end this horrific practice.

"There is no such thing as cruelty-free elephant rides. Tourists may think that riding an elephant on holiday does not cause harm… what you don't realise is that a 'once in a lifetime' or 'bucket list' item for you means a lifetime of misery for wild animals."

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Jack Highwood, who runs the Elephant Valley Project, a Cambodian charity that supports elephants in captivity, said: "It is the smoothness of the trekking elephant's foot that always amazes me and [is] testimony to how many kilometres they must have travelled to get into this situation. Very sad."

He said that the Angkor Elephant Company still has 13 elephants, adding that working conditions for the animals should be regulated.

A Facebook post by a passer-by, Yem Senok, showing photos of the dead elephant has been shared more than 8000 times.

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The ethics of elephant tourism in Thailand were called into question earlier this year when a British man was trampled to death by an elephant.

"To me, this incident is symptomatic of the increasing number of elephant camps being located close to beaches throughout Thailand without the space to look after them properly," said John Edward Roberts, director of elephants and conservation activities at the Anantara Resorts & Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, a leading elephant conservation camp.

Last month the World Animal Protection group (WAP) announced it had secured the support of more than 100 travel operators in efforts to halt the abuse of elephants for entertainment. 

Source: Traveller

Reminders for Boracay Island Visitors

Finally, the world's best island is now accepting visitors as it reopens today, October 26th. However, visitors should expect a new Boracay Island, following these reminders.

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