Howdahs are to be illegal?

Sirsly?

Elephant riding holidays abroad offered by British travel companies could become illegal under plans being considered by Defra.

Senior sources at the department said they were seeking the best legislative route to banning the “appalling” holidays, with plans to hold a consultation into banning it.

British holiday companies currently offer experiences abroad in countries including Sri Lanka, Thailand and India, where travelers can ride elephants or watch them perform “tricks”.

However, animal rights campaigners argue that these practices are cruel, as elephants are frequently “broken in” by being beaten with steel hooks so they become compliant.

They are also often not kept in appropriate enclosures…

The best description of this is the reappearance of colonialism. Darkie foreigners must do as the British middle classes demand.

21 comments on “Howdahs are to be illegal?

  1. Remind me again, we do have a Conservative government, don’t we? Because at the moment, it seems to be indistinguishable from one run by Green fruitcakes or LibDems…

  2. Halal and donkey rides here? But no elephant rides there.

    I’m sure the Donkey rides are on the radar, but a good point about halal slaughter. The same officials will be slyly defending it as they emote about elephant rides.

  3. Elephants. You can’t shoot them any more, you can’t put them in circuses any more.

    Just what is the point of elephants these days?

  4. “as elephants are frequently “broken in” by being beaten with steel hooks so they become compliant”

    Perfect is the enemy of good. It’s this, or Jumbo gets slaughtered for ivory. Pick one.

  5. If they ban British firms from offering the tours I am sure locals will still be selling them in Thailand/India/etc, so no practical effect apart from the usual pointless virtue signaling.

  6. Defra clearly has money to waste – let us have no more talk about austerity if the MAFF has enough money for this kind of nonsense.

  7. And what about “the elephant in the room”? This obscene metaphor conjurs up a vile image and verbal elephants must be set free from their semantic kraal.

  8. “The best description of this is the reappearance of colonialism. Darkie foreigners must do as the British middle classes demand.” John Company in India was careful to meddle very little with local customs – that’s why it tried hard to keep Christian missionaries out. The only thing it finally couldn’t stomach was suttee.

    It was the Raj that then ended thugee.

  9. Darkie foreigners must do as the British middle classes demand.

    There is no greater racist than a white liberal.

  10. Didn’t they make it possible to prosecute you in the U.K. for doing something in another country that was legal there but illegal in the U.K. a while ago, sex tourism being the issue.
    So if you post a photo from your hols of you riding an elephant maybe Defras crack enforcement squad will be waiting for you when you touch down back home

  11. Defra PETA Ban Riding Comittee:

    “If we get this through, which on the list next: camels, donkeys, horses…. ?”

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    @The Meissen Bison October 22, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Snort-oooo : )

  12. ‘They are also often not kept in appropriate enclosures…’

    Whah! Whah!

    Many PEOPLE in Sri Lanka, Thailand and India don’t have appropriate enclosures. But their elephants better be!

    I call them Madison Avenue Environmentalists. Completely clueless about biology. Editors of National Geographic Magazine. Their good intentions will kill off all African wildlife. But they’ll feel good about themselves.

  13. Thank you for seeing what this is really about. This post and comments made me smile seeing that not everyone believes the crap the animal rights movement is spreading about Asian countries and their elephants. The deliberate spread of disinformation to tug on the heart strings of the white West in the guise of greed and colonialism.

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