DawnWatch: Terrific WBUR piece on Thai elephant torture and sanctuary — 6/30 but on line now

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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Date: Jul 9, 2006 6:29 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Terrific WBUR piece on Thai elephant torture and sanctuary — 6/30 but on line now

Though it aired on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR, over a week ago, on Friday June 30 (and unfortunately got lost over my July 4 long weekend) I wanted to make sure people got a chance to hear Christina Russo’s terrific report on an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, run by an activist named Lek, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s Asian heroes of 2005.

You can listen to the show on line at http://www.wbur.org/news/2006/59106_20060630.asp and also view 24 wonderful photos from Russo’s trip to the sanctuary — click on “Elephant Nature Park Photos.”

The story tells us that though wild elephants in Thailand are protected, the 2,000 domesticated elephants there have no protection. Most work in tourism at elephant tourist camps, giving rides or performing.

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