Cambodia’s most famous tourist attraction just banned elephant rides

After pressure from animal rights groups, the group that manages Angkor Wat decided to stop offering elephant rides to tourists. The new ban will take full effect next year, and two of the elephants that worked there have already been moved to a nearby forest.

Cambodia’s most famous tourist attraction, Angkor Wat, will ban elephant rides around the ancient temples, beginning next year.

To start the initiative, two of the 14 elephants that lived and worked at Angkor Archaeological Park were moved to the nearby Bos Tham forest last week, according to the Khmer Times.

The rest of the elephants that are in Angkor Wat will be transferred to the forest by early 2020. Visitors will be able to see the animals there but they will not be permitted to ride as the elephants will continue to be under the care of the company that currently owns them.

In full: https://www.businessinsider.com/elephant-rides-now-banned-around-angkor-wat-cambodia-2019-11

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