An elephant ride in Bali?

For some tourists, going to ride an elephant  is still a holiday dream for many tourists travelling to Asia. But the reality is a nightmare of abuse for elephants trapped in entertainment. Most tourists pay to get up close to elephants because they love animals – but 80% of people leave positive reviews for venues with poor animal welfare. Behind the bright facades and clever tricks is a lifetime of hidden abuse.

SOS exists to protect Sumatran orangutans, their forests and their future. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and without urgent action could be the first Great Ape species to become extinct.

SOS is dedicated to turning this situation around.

Orangutang are amazing ambassadors for the Sumatran rainforest

All the species that share the rainforest have a part to play in the health of the ecosystem, but orangutang are sometimes referred to as ‘gardeners of the forest’ due to their special role. They eat hundreds of different types of fruit, and spread the seeds throughout the forest in their dung. They also make a new nest to sleep in every evening, breaking and bending branches and allowing light through the thick canopy onto the forest floor, helping young plants to thrive and grow.

Is Bali the worst destination for animal cruelty? Some animal protection organisations think so 🙁

A new report by World Animal Protection (WAP) has criticised the popular honeymoon islands of Bali Lombok and Gili Trawangan in Indonesia for being among the worst destinations in the world when it comes to animal cruelty in captivity.

This high-end pricing has turned farming civet cats for coffee into an enslavement industry. The animals are snatched from the wild, kept in cramped cages where wire floors cut into their feet causing them physical and mental distress. They are also nocturnal and do not have shelter to hide. Many of the civet coffee farmers are uneducated on how to care for their animals and the civets often are often ill or die, all in the name of making coffee.

Civets are small, nocturnal mammals, native to tropical Asia and Africa. The coffee they help to create – by eating and excreting coffee beans, which are then collected and cleaned – has become increasingly popular. But, to keep up with rising demand, civets are now being cruelly captured and forced to live in inhumane conditions. So we’re pushing suppliers to only stock wild-sourced, ‘cage-free’ civet coffee.

Endangered animals including deer, the Javan langur monkey, a leopard cat, and two porcupine are believed to have been held captive, used as an attraction for tourists at the Karangasem tree house. The animals are said to have been inadequately cared for, the Javanese langur reportedly found with chains around their necks.

Ethics in a Coffee Cup

Ibu Kat’s book of stories Bali Daze – – Free-fall off the Tourist Trail is available from :
– Ganesha Books in Ubud
, Sanur and Seminyak
– Amazon downloadable for Kindle

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