Tourists heading to destinations like India, Thailand, Nepal and Cambodia often arrive touting a bucket list that includes "ride an elephant!" Elephant riding often seems like an innocuous to tourists and a way to get closer to these hulking animals, without visiting a zoo or circus.
But in many cases, tourist attractions that offer elephant rides are just as bad -- if not worse -- than circuses when it comes to animal welfare. Here are seven things you need to know before you climb up onto the back of a pachyderm.
1. Most of the elephants are captured as babies from the wild.