What happens before an elephant ride is enough suffering for a whole lifetime. After the "training," which crushes the animal's wild spirit, the elephant is used for profit at tourist attractions. Then, what happens to elephants' bodies when people ride them just adds to their pain.
A tour operator told AFP that work hours for the park's remaining elephants would be reduced. But people around the world are calling for more drastic measures to be taken in the wake of Sambo's death.
"There is no such thing as cruelty-free elephant rides," a new petition, in memory of Sambo, states. "Tourists may think that riding an elephant on holiday does not cause harm - you often can't see the cruelty - it's hidden from view."