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無收入讓泰國動物園“棄養” 2象擺脫表演生活 搬進庇護所

記者 李娉婷/報導

泰國兩隻一生都被迫在動物園表演的大象,終於被救出!去年,關注圈養動物權益、以影像紀錄動物苦難的組織Moving Animals發布了在普吉動物園(Phuket Zoo)拍攝的畫面,揭露大象被迫表演的慘況,引起全球關注,儘管當時受到矚目的小象未能被釋放、最終不幸過世,但其他兩隻大象近日在疫情對旅遊業的衝擊下,總算得以離開動物園,前往庇護所過上自由的生活!

一生幾乎都在動物園度過、被迫表演娛樂遊客的Tang Mo和San Mueng在近日被釋放,進入大象庇護所生活。   取自People(© Amy Jones/Moving Animals

去年,Moving Animals拍攝了Tang Mo、San Mueng和一隻名為Dumbo的小象在普吉動物園被迫表演的畫面,牠們在尖銳的象鉤威脅下,被響亮的音樂包圍,表演雜耍,不幸的是,在Moving Animals分享了普吉動物園的影像後不久,Dumbo就過世了。Dumbo離開後,Tang Mo和San Mueng繼續在動物園生活及表演,直到疫情影響、動物園暫時關閉,才不再每天被迫做出不自然的行為。

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工作人員手持象鉤,要求大象做出不自然的表演。   取自People(© Amy Jones/Moving Animals)

根據Moving Animals的說法,在新冠病毒大流行開始前,大象Tang Mo和San Mueng每天有三場表演,而現在,普吉動物園因不僅暫時關閉,還可能因為收入下滑以及旅遊業的衰退而永久關閉。在疫情的影響下,亞洲各地的動物園和大象營紛紛關閉,釋放或拋棄了動物,而普吉動物園也正在尋求削減成本的方法,泰國知名大象庇護所「大象自然公園」(Elephant Nature Park)在此時介入,提議讓他們帶走Tang Mo和San Mueng。

在大象自然公園的幫助下,Tang Mo和San Mueng在近日離開了普吉動物園,抵達位於泰國清邁、佔地250英畝的叢林保護區,所有費用都由大象自然公園負擔,而初嘗自由的兩隻大象,還有許多需要調整適應的部分,大象自然公園的Ry Emmerson表示:「兩隻大象一生的大部分時間都在動物園度過,因此過渡需要時間,我們相信牠們會被治癒,我們迫不及待地希望看到牠們一起享受餘生,找回當大象的感覺。」

兩隻大象在大象自然公園享受「當大象」的生活。   取自People(© Amy Jones/Moving Animals)

搬進新家後,Tang Mo和San Mueng一直很享受在開放、草木蒼翠茂盛的庇護所中漫步,還有新鮮的水果零食可享用,並能自行選擇如何度過時間。這兩隻大象並非唯二搬進大象自然公園的新居民,受到疫情影響,許多大象圈養景點放棄了他們的動物,讓該庇護所湧入不少新成員。

Emmerson補充說明:「COVID-19的大流行讓泰國破產,該國最重要的收入來源是旅遊業。這直接影響了泰國的大象,讓牠們處於非常不穩定的局勢之中,連食物和照護之類的日常需求都面臨不足,自從Covid-19的打擊以來,我們已經介入支持了近2,000隻大象的日常所需。而這要歸功於我們從世界各地得到的不可思議的支持。」

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Freedom at last! We are overwhelmed to share that San Mueang and Tang Mo – Dumbo’s two elephant companions at Phuket Zoo – have just been released into @elephantnaturepark, a 250-acre sanctuary where they will live out the rest of their lives together and free from exploitation (swipe for photos). Thank you to @saveelephantfoundation for your tireless work to rescue these elephants. Last year, Moving Animals released an investigation into the abuse of a baby elephant nicknamed “Dumbo” at Phuket Zoo, Thailand. Concerns were raised about his “skeletal” body and over 200,000 people called for his release to a sanctuary. Tragically, before he could be rescued, Dumbo passed away after his weak back legs snapped beneath him. Dumbo, San Mueang, and Tang Mo were forced to “rave” to music, “play” musical instruments and perform tricks for tourists’ entertainment. The lengthy performances were held up to three-times-a-day, all under the threat of the sharp “bullhook”. When we visited the zoo, we filmed these elephants swaying repeatedly in distress – a sign of the psychological condition ‘zoochosis’. Now, as Phuket Zoo faces closure amid the current pandemic, the amazing elephant sanctuary @elephantnaturepark (ENP) has stepped in to give the pair of elephants their permanent freedom. “We believe in the healing, beautiful bond these two share and we can’t wait to see them enjoy the rest of their lives together as they remember what it feels like to be an elephant,” says Ry Emmerson, of Elephant Nature Park. Since Covid-19 hit, ENP has stepped in to support almost 2000 elephants with their daily needs, which has only been possible thanks to their incredible supporters from around the world. If you’re able to, please consider making a donation to support their life-changing work for animals at elephantnaturepark.org. We published this story with @people to help get this story of hope and change out to as many people as possible. Link in bio to read more. 📷 Exploited by tourism, Phuket Zoo, Thailand. Amy Jones/Moving Animals & Free in the sanctuary, Thailand 2020/@saveelephantfoundation

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