Some people think that being a wild animal the elephant shouldn’t be ridden, they think it is cruel and physically damages the animal.
We believe that only abuse is bad, making elephants carry heavy loads for long hours is bad, this is not what we do.
We can’t help but notice that the champions of the elephants’ rights do not seem to care so much about the fate of the horse which was not born to carry people on its back but still does it everyday with loads that are much heavier in comparison to its size…
Our elephants were already tame when we acquired them, they can’t live in the wild any more, they are not afraid of man and if we set them free they would destroy people’s crops and houses and be killed for that.
Ours is a pragmatic approach but it is also a cultural one, the link between man and the elephant has existed for five thousand years and is an integral part of Khmer Culture.
We continue this tradition.