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Uploaded on May 2, 2010
This is how elephants are raised in Thailand for the tourist trekking industry.
The aim is to break their spirits by keeping them chained up unable to move for several days. Depriving them of sleep, food and water, and repeatedly beating them and stabbing them with nail ended sticks.
It is in these conditions that the young elephant first has someone sit on her back, to train her for the tourist elephant ride industry.