Lots of people ride elephants because they love animals — but if they knew this, they wouldn't.
To sponsor the ongoing care of Gaew Ta, the rescued elephant, you can support the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. Very special thanks to ElephantNews and Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. " Elephant rides Chiang Mai July 2015" by Alfred Zerfas and "Elephant Ride, Bali" by Michael Sauers are licensed under CC BY 3.0.
His owner used to hurt him with it to make him 'dance.'