Here is an article by the Asian Elephant Art Conservation Project (AEACP), a non-profit that “was originally created as an alternative to illegal logging, to begging on city streets, or having to perform circus tricks. The very core concept of the project is to provide a way for an elephant to earn a living as an artist.”
While I think the article summarizes the current problems facing Asian Elephants, I think it’s overly simplistic to personify the elephants with one’s human desire to live as an artist. I admit it is better than being forced to take drugs in order to participate in illegal logging or begging on the street, but it still makes me sad that elephants humans domesticated now have to work for a living…
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