Subject: Re: Yes, but is it Furry art?
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 14:04:50 +1100
From: "Drop Crosby" <email@example.com>
Organization: OzEmail Ltd.
I've been to Thailand and seen those very same elephants do their act. This
was before they had them painting. All these stupid tourists where laughing
and cheering, as these very sad and worn looking elephants danced to music.
Well, at least they danced after they where beaten around a bit by their
owners (i'm not too sure about using the word "trainer"). And now they're
getting them to paint. Well, if the proceeds from these goes back into
helping elephants (which i doubt will happen, not in Thailand) than it can't
be too bad. But if this elephant art becomes popular, then there will be
more demand for it meaning that more elephants will have to be enslaved this
way. And the trend will expand to other animals. Walking down the streets of
Phuket, i came across a guy with a baby elephant on leash, standing on a
street corner with his hat layed out on the ground. Damn cutest little
creature i ever did see. I was wearing thongs (or whatever it is that you
yanks call em) and the little elephant came and nabbed at my toes with his
trunk and totally won my heart over. At first it seemed normal for this
creature to be acting so playfully toward me, being a baby and all. But as a
started to walk away he/she tried to follow, struggling againts the chain
around it's neck, as if trying to escape from it's owner to come with me,
the person who had been nice to it, liked it's estranged mother had been.
Once that elephant's baby cuteness wears off, the owner will need some other
way to make money out of it. Those elephants that they now have painting
probably started off the same way when they where babies, looking cute on
street corners for tourists. You can't blame the Thai people really though.
Driving around Bangkok you go through myriads of slums, with diseased people
nagging you for you're change, then all of sudden you'll come out at the
most grand building you've ever seen, such as the King's palace, with all
manner of gold encrusted objects surrounding it, interwoven with fully armed
military guards. At the time i was there the Thai people where in
preperation for the King's birthday. it was his fiftiest or something so it
was a big one, and all the main roads where being decorated with huge
archways decorated in gold, reaching right across the cardboard-box home of
beggars. And yet those same beggars held those arch-ways and decorations
with utmost reverence for their king, as if they're even priveledged to sit
beneath it. Thoughout that trip to Thailand i saw many interesting and
strange things, but took it all in my stride, not pondering over any
significance until several years later. I don't have some big moral
conclusion for this story, but i think it kinda speaks for itself.
Modemac wrote in message <firstname.lastname@example.org>...
>[ This is a repost of the following
>[ Subject: Yes, but is it Furry
>Thai Elephants Paint to Save Themselves