A woman’s actions have been described as ‘absolutely abhorrent’ after she was pictured doing pull-ups on an elephant’s tusks.
Emma Roberts, a gym owner, defended her actions at Adventures with Elephants sanctuary in South Africa saying she does ‘not agree that sharing an amazing moment with this animal is cruel in any way’.
After spotting the incident on social media, one person claimed they ‘couldn’t believe’ what they were seeing. They wrote: ‘Can’t believe she did that. She doesn’t have common sense and empathy. The elephant deserves to be treated with respect. Be kind to them.’
A disgruntled tweeter on Twitter said: ‘This is horrible and breaks my heart. Thanks for calling attention to this.’ Someone else fumed: ’Can’t believe she did that. She doesn’t have common sense and empathy. The elephant deserves to be treated with respect. Be kind to them.’
Ms. Roberts has been forced due to social media abuse, released a statement on her now-deleted Instagram page after the backlash. She said: ’For the sake of this amazing facility I have opted to remove my post.
‘I do not agree that sharing an amazing moment with this animal is cruel in any way. However, there are many humans out there who only see the negative. ‘Beating elephants is cruel, riding them is not ideal, keeping them in horrible environments, and killing them for their ivory is cruel.
‘Providing them with a home in their natural environment and educating people about how intelligent and wonderful they are is not cruelty. ‘Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the world is enlightened enough to see this. ‘Those of you who have sent me wonderful messages, thank you. ‘Those of you who have made this amazing experience for me feel like something I should be ashamed of… Shame on you.’
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