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Should Elephant Edutainment Be Allowed?

23 May 2014, 11:12
Should elephant edutainment (education + entertainment) be allowed?

With the scandal that's hit Knysna's elephants, animal rights activists have been loud whilst many locals have given their support to Knysna Elephant Park, saying that abuse stories are a lie and their elephants are healthy.

Is there value in children and families being introduced to elephants and educated about them? Is training, through positive reinforcement, ok? Is there such a thing as positive reinforcement? Is elephant-back riding ok? Should animals be left in the wild? What of rescues?

As always, i want to know what you, my reader, believe and want. Please think carefully before voting because you are essentially saying what is good or bad for Knysna (though i expect you to think in the larger context too).

Weigh opposing topics such as elephant rides, training methods, exploitation for profit and education.

Vote at www.knysnakeep.org/polls-cast-your-vote.

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