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Source: Viv Lanting

This Teenager Is Opening A Sanctuary In Thailand For Rescued Elephants

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Every year hundreds of tourists visit Asia to experience the local sights. Riding on elephants has become a popular tourist attraction, but it has also lead to serious concerns about the welfare of these animals. In a recent report conducted by the World Animal Protection, the organization found that out of the 2,923 elephants they saw in tourist venues throughout Asia, 77 percent of them endured cruelty. 

Jack Lanting, a 16-year-old from New Zealand, decided to do something about the poorly treated elephants in Asia. The teenager is raising money to open his own elephant sanctuary in Thailand. There he hopes to create an entirely hands-off elephant experience where the rescued animals can have a natural area where they can grow and flourish.