I’m very familiar with ENP and, yes, some places are far worse than others. Direct contact with wild animals is always dangerous and fuels demand an incredibly cruel and abusive industry.
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Say no to any circus that uses wild animals and to any facility that forces elephants to give rides or come into contact with people. Reputable sanctuaries like Performing Animal Welfare Society – PAWS, don’t let people touch elephants. Trust that if you’re somewhere that does let you touch them, the elephants are suffering one way or another. This is my circus these are my monkeys. I volunteered at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand and their elephants come from similar situations – circuses, elephant riding camps, illegal logging, etc. At ENP volunteers and visitors are offered opportunities to get close to elephants and touch them (while being closely supervised).
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With that being said, I am not familiar with other sanctuaries besides the ones ran by Save Elephant Foundation (the group that runs ENP) that do this. The vast majority of animal attractions that offer these close encounters are shady, but not all are. It is important to always do your research before visiting.