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You come to india for three things, curry, beaches and elephants, well thats what i intended to do, and so far 2 out of 3 wasnt bad, but i had to go see a real indian elephant, and not just a temple elephant which is made to sit out by the beach on candolim to get tourist to pay 200r to touch.  So i went to the paradise tropical spice farm in Kari.  Where not only was there plenty of organic spices and oils for sale, but a tiny patch in the shade and plenty of water for the three indian elephants they kept there. Ok so these beautiful gorgeous creatures are not out free and wild and causing lots of havoc, instead they are semi chained and puppets to there masters will.  And yes i guess many a fat arse has sat on the back of these gorgeous animals, the privilge is 500r.
me and my elephant
  But me, no way jose, i wasnt going to be just another tourist, ok so i took plenty of pictures and felt dead bad about it afterwards, i did notice some marks on the hips of all three elephants where i think they must of been trained with a spike or something sharp.  The sad thing is, tho i came looking for elephants, i kinda wish i didnt as, i would rather of seen them free and happy, than the very sad eyes that they had, ok so they get water, and shelter and food, but to be constantly paraded about like a bloody freak show is not what any animal should go through, its one step away from those poor dancing bears you see all over easten europe and which WISPA show on tv asking for money to stop this treatment.  But sadly i doubt that it will end, i am sure as chips is chips, these elephants will still be here year after year after year.
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me and my elephant
me and my elephant
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elephants
bridge to the spices
bridge to the spices
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elephant
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notice the mark on the elephants …
dude climbing up a palm unaided th…
dude climbing up a palm unaided t…
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pineapple
chains!!!
chains!!!
The keeper makes the elephant ente…
The keeper makes the elephant ent…
she looked right at me, and i felt…
she looked right at me, and i fel…
see that thing in the keepers hand…
see that thing in the keepers han…
i saw this elephant on a really bo…
i saw this elephant on a really b…
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