When I look back on this day, now after almost two years my heart still hurts.
Knowing what I do now, I feel at a loss in so many ways…
To see the chains and hear the explanations, I feel the mahouts wanted to believe the reasons themselves.
I truly believe they had the best intentions at heart, the majority of them were young men from Cambodia who are working there to make a living.
No reasons though make chains ok!
I feel a great deal of sympathy and compassion for these young men though, because there was also a disconnect with them and the elephants.
To them, this was a job. Traditionally mahouts and their elephants are family. There is a deep bond between them, and in many places throughout Thailand this still exists.
I hesitate to judge because I do not know.