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Elephants have long been used in tourism, from elephant rides and performances to sanctuaries that claim to provide a safe haven for elephants. However, the reality of elephant tourism is far from idyllic. Elephants used in tourism are often subjected to brutal training techniques such as the phajaan, where baby elephants are separated from their mothers and tortured until they learn to obey their handlers. This practice is not only cruel but also detrimental to the elephants' physical and mental health.
Also, the conditions in which elephants are kept in tourist camps are often inadequate. They are confined to small spaces, chained for extended periods, and forced to perform for long hours, causing immense stress and discomfort.
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