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taking the hats of their owners...
sit down!
he is 1 years old...poor boy!
sit down on toilets!!
on 3 legs...
on 2 legs...i hope he will not try on 1 leg!
drawing! he really does!!!
nice! isn't it?
their gallery! of course to sell...
playing basket...
1 point!!! do you see the ball?
playing music!
and walking tourists..
now i feel a bit tired..
does the show must go on? i saw how they tame elephants, it'scruel ..! they abuse them.

i'm lucky to be a poodle!
petition to protect elephants from ivory poachers

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Over 20 years ago, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) passed a worldwide ban on ivory trading. Poaching fell, and ivory prices slumped. But poor enforcement coupled with'experimental one-off sales', like the one Tanzania and Zambia are seeking, drove poaching up and turned illegal trade into a lucrative business -- poachers can launder their illegal ivory with the legal stockpiles.

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Ryana WOW!!!
Ryana · 2010-03-20: 14:01
gonia pictures are brilliant, but i have ixed feelings watching them.I don't like when elephants or other animals do what man forced it to do.people earn money owing to them, but they are not happy drawing.....People are really crazy!more than other animals.did you ride elephant Maxi?
gonia · 2010-03-20: 14:19
????? Very interesting. This is a long battle started many years ago. I remember the ban of ivory sales in 1989 and the demonstration by the Italian Kuki Galmann in Kenya (she's living in Africa and I've read all her books). Nowadays the battle is done by her daughter Sveva. I've always signed for the ban of ivory sales and never bought ivory ;-) Well done,Tomie.
Do you think elephants like to play the clown like that? I have no idea, honestly ;-) Good post.
????? · 2010-03-20: 14:24
tomie firehorsecri, thanks for your informations..
i don't think they like to play the clown...i saw how they tame elephants, it'scruel ..! they abuse them, though i understand it's the only way to earn their life.
tomie · 2010-03-20: 14:35
????? Hmmm... as I imagined. I love freedom for wild animals. I'm also against the use of animals in circus. After so many years I entered a zoo at the beginning of this month (La Barben, in Provence) and I felt quite sad... I noticed the elephant Tania had a maniac movement like a dance... She was stressed and sad, she suffered from solitude... and the mistral is unbearable for African animals! ppfff... My heart was so little in seeing those wild animals there.
????? · 2010-03-20: 14:39
JumiElla Great post with very important issue. Beautiful photos, Tomie!
JumiElla · 2010-03-20: 15:54
DancingDolphin Very interesting post. I think we are all in agreement about confining wild animals for our amusement is sad. I would hate to see the ban on ivory lifted, I'll take a look at your link.
DancingDolphin · 2010-03-20: 16:04
smbunation Thanks so much for posting this and this information, Tomie. Absolutely we need to support the protection of these beautiful creatures.
smbunation · 2010-03-20: 16:11
Davorka Beautiful photos, Tomie!nice and sad!
Davorka · 2010-03-20: 16:26
SunFlower1990 Nicely done Tomie
SunFlower1990 · 2010-03-20: 16:58
photopoet Incredible pictures and words
photopoet · 2010-03-20: 18:08
Unchained Je viens de voter et je vais passer le site à mes amis. Tes photos sont fantastiques, de plus comme toutes les autres de ton voyage passionnant, mais pour être honnête, je préfère voir les animaux dans leurs habitats naturels, particulièrement des animaux si nobles comme les éléphants.
J'aimais monter un chameau pendent mes vacances, mais j'ai aussi eu pitié d'eux en voyant comme ils étaient traités avec peu de respect.
Unchained · 2010-03-20: 19:01
livelovelaugh As entertaining as these poor animals are, you're right, it is cruel. But we accept this type of entertainment because it does feed mouths. I am in shock that they are thinking of lifting the ban. I will go to the website. Thanks.
livelovelaugh · 2010-03-20: 22:42
????? Ces images sont très belles et j'ai adoré Dumbo comme l'
Ce que tu a présenté sur le blog est cruelle et triste, nous devons absolument protéger les animaux nobles et bien-aimé. Tomy, j'ai signé la pétition, je te remercie pour ta gentillesse et d'informations!
????? · 2010-03-21: 02:23
domelia beau reportage, merci !
domelia · 2010-03-21: 08:42
jennye fantastic post!!
jennye · 2010-03-21: 10:32
????? wow! all are excellent, they are such bright animals, thanks for sharing!
????? · 2010-03-21: 11:32
curlyq60 This elephant show is magnificent !!!!!!!!!!
curlyq60 · 2010-03-21: 12:55
????? Wonderful shots! These magnificent animals should be protected!!
????? · 2010-03-21: 13:50
boszorka65 Nicely done my friend.
boszorka65 · 2010-03-21: 13:58
DAMihaela Woooow!! Magnificent and very interesting! This post is fantastic! Great job Tomie!
DAMihaela · 2010-03-21: 14:16
????? Excellent report on these beautiful animals
????? · 2010-03-21: 19:42
Contesina Excellent post, Tomie!
Contesina · 2010-03-22: 03:26
pandka Great idea! Last shot I like the best, as it is the most natural...
pandka · 2010-03-22: 04:27
Yokai What a great set, Tomie!! I enjoyed the pictures very much!
Yokai · 2010-03-22: 04:31
lookagain Excellent photos with great color and composition....these are beautiful animals and you captured them very well in this situation. My first impression is sadness, especially when I read how they are abused. They seem like intelligent creatures - so unfair and unkind for them to be subdued in this way. Thanks for sharing this and also the information about the ivory ban possibly being lifted....
lookagain · 2010-03-22: 08:52
Eiram Very interesting post! and sad...
Eiram · 2010-03-22: 16:14
dontblink Some amazing captures here. It makes you wonder how their lives truly are and what they must go through to learn these tricks.
dontblink · 2010-03-22: 22:01
????? :DLovely, Wonderful captures! :)
????? · 2010-03-23: 03:54
miltonjacob exceptional post. thanks for the information attached with
miltonjacob · 2010-03-23: 13:33
somogyvari I admired the elephants always!
somogyvari · 2010-03-23: 15:12
lynnsgallery2 Great post...beautiful animals and this gives you a lot to think about!!!
lynnsgallery2 · 2010-03-25: 08:12
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