This is probably one of the most important posts I’ve ever written. Not only because the topic is extremely important, but also the meeting with elephants was extraordinary. You probably know from my other post (click here) that elephant tourism is highly developed in Asian countries, like Thailand or Cambodia. It means that in many places popular with tourists you can take a ride on elephants or watch tricks made by them (painting, dancing) etc. There are so many marketing lies that create unreal stories about elephants. One of these is that they are very talented so that they are able to paint. Do you really believe that a wild animal like elephant likes to paint flowers and trees because it has an artistic soul? Elephants are trained and forced to do that in pain and fear. Elephant riding is another popular attraction. The perspective of riding on a huge animal is very tempting. What a great photo can we take, can’t we? Unfortunately, there is a dark side of this practice. Did you know that elephant’s back is not prepared to carry a burden like a platform with people? It causes an extreme pain and irreversible change in its spine. There is also another myth about elephants’ business. The famous hooks used by keepers to control the animals. It’s kind of disturbing to see a guy who stabs an elephant’s head to keep it walking. When you ask, someone is telling you that it’s nothing wrong because elephant’s skin is very thick. Stubbing doesn’t hurt it. Well, guess what? Elephant’s skin is as delicate as human’s, and every single kick, punch or hit hurts it a lot. Just imagine your skin in a contact with a hook. Then you have an answer that something is wrong. Why I write about it? The reason is that I want to show you an alternative option for meeting with this beautiful animal. There is a place where elephants are respected and cared for -Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.Owners of the park rescue elephants from circuses, labor in forests and tourism industry.