Address elephant tourism the sensible, scientific way says expert group

Elephant tourism in Thailand continues to undergo some disapproval and the call for all captive elephants to be released into the wild. While such suggestions may be made with the best intentions, and maybe commendable, how valid are they?
“In an ideal world, all elephants would be free in nature. However, due to human population increases and habitat destruction, the reality is there is not enough appropriate habitat to support current wild populations of Asian elephants, let alone reintroduce the existing population (upwards of 15,000 in Asia) of captive elephants.
“Furthermore, it is a complex process to reintroduce captive elephants back into

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