From pictures of delicious cocktails on Spanish beaches to photos of travellers with itchy feet posing with elephants in Asia, everyone is dreaming of how they will spend their time once the current health crisis is over.
And yet, while we practise social distancing from the safety and the comfort of our own homes, on the other side of the world, animals who have been bred purely for the entertainment of tourists like us, are gravely suffering.
It’s no secret the tourism industry has come to a grinding halt, while the world attempts to curb the pandemic. But so many elephant venues rely on tourist numbers to be able to provide the animals with the food and medicine they need. Without that revenue coming in, the elephants are at an imminent risk of malnutrition and starvation, which could prove fatal.
Around 85 elephant camps in northern Thailand have already been forced to close their doors over lack of funding, leaving approximately 2,500 struggling without proper food.
Thousands of elephants live in captivity to provide entertainment for tourists, who often travel to places like Thailand and Bali for the opportunity to get up, close and personal with the beautiful animals. However, a side effect of this means that these creatures are now entirely reliant on the care they receive at these enclosures, and without money coming in, they’re being forced to go without food and proper care.