Thai elephant polo tournament triggers animal rights row
DAMNING video footage has marred a controversial charity polo event involving elephants in Thailand, with activists calling for it to be shut down. Held in the capital Bangkok from March 8 to 11, the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament styles itself as a fundraiser for elephant welfare programs and other charitable causes. Now in its 16th year, the Cup is said to boast “gentle giants, sporting excitement and [a] luxurious aura of glamour”. Anantara Hotel, which organises and hosts the event, described it as “a highlight of international high society’s annual social calendars and an unparalleled media extravaganza.” SEE ALSO: ‘Lifeline to elephants’: Hong Kong bans ivory trade in world’s biggest market Its wide array of local and international sponsors included Thailand’s Tourism Authority, Chang beer, Citibank, Dilmah tea, Hooters Asia and Ricoh. Participants in the tournament represented companies such as the consultancy PWC, tech giant IBM, and Johnny Walker. A person watches a match at the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament at a riverside resort in Bangkok, Thailand March 8, 2018. Source: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun Anantara also said “extra security” had been organised for the remainder of the tournament. Some 4 million Thai baht (US$128,000) was raised from this year’s event for “elephant charity projects”, reported Thai daily The Nation. Organisers claim that King’s Cup has raised around $1.5 million for charity to date. PETA said previous pressure over mistreatment of elephants had led tourism provider Tiger Tops to stop hosting the International Elephant Polo Competition, while Guinness World Records has removed any mention of elephant polo from its publications. The post Thai elephant polo tournament triggers animal rights row appeared first on Asian Correspondent.... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Thai elephant polo tournament triggers animal rights row, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Sunday, 11 March, 2018
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