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“Such ignorance and such a lack of care,” Peter Egan, actor and animal advocate, said on Twitter. “Doesn’t she understand the cruelty inflicted on these poor elephants in order for her inane photo shoot?”
The cruelty Egan refers to is known as “crushing" or "breaking,” which is the process of beating young elephants into submission until they obey their trainers. In preparation of giving rides to people and performing in shows, the handlers often tie elephants up and hit them with sharp metal rods. For most elephants, this abuse begins as babies after they’re torn away from their mothers.