Dak Lak Province in Vietnam have signed an agreement with animal welfare organisation Animals Asia to phase out elephant riding and other activites deemed harmful to the animals.
The province will work to promote more elephant-friendly tourism activities to help protect the species which has seen a decline in numbers of 90% in the last 40 years, with just 140 now in the area.
Dak Lak has been a popular tourist destination for elephant riding, swimming, football and parades.
Elephant tourism has been incredibly popular in many areas of Southeast Asia for many years but the welfare of the animals has increasingly become a concern for many leading to the establishment of a number of ethical tourist activities.
Source: VN Express International
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