QUOTE(plusgood @ May 27 2009, 03:58 PM)
Thank you for the heads up, I will certainly look into it. While I do have plans to go to SEA in November of this year, I have no plans to ride an elephant, though I am interested in the Nature Park you refer to above.
I think we should be aware of all the animal suffering that goes on in regards to tourism, including show monkeys and snake charming. Of course there are other important issues: such as cruelty in regards to treatment for animals destine to become food or provide dairy.
Aopaq, assuming that you travelled widely in Thailand (completely off topic for Jordan), I've heard of a Tiger Temple run by Monks, any information on this? I had an interest in visiting it, are the tigers treated with the appropriate care in your opinion?
If you want to know more about the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, you can check out their website here.
As for the Tiger Temple, I have not been there but the thread mentioned by wakingdream is probably the best place to get further info.
I also agree that being aware of animal suffering that is supported by tourism is important in addition to that affecting those raised solely for consumption. This latter point is one thing I have become much more aware of since moving to the Far East and although things often appear quite cruel here, I cannot help but wonder if my perceptions have not largely been influenced by the fact that in the West, animal slaughter is so "hidden". All we ever usually see of the fish, chicken, pigs and cows are the final products categorized and wrapped so nicely in the store refrigerator sections. In comparison, here you see the animals at a much more personal level and it does seem quite brutal. However, I have heard stories of conditions at slaughter houses and meat packing plants in Canada which I am sure probably rival any sites I see here. As a result, I am definitely realizing that I am in no position as a meat eater to make any moral judgements here. Nevertheless, there are still some "adjustments" I am making.