[HD video below] Just a few days after a two-month old Tiger cub
was found sedated in the luggage of a Thai woman departing from
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the welfare,
exploitation and wellbeing of animals is again in the
In Thailand, it is a common sight to see
elephants roaming the streets with their mahouts encouraging
tourists - Thais and foreigners alike - to have a picture taken
with the animal, or to purchase a little food to feed it with.
And, it is not just majestic elephants
that are subject to such exploitation. Wander the night spots of
Bangkok and the impressive islands around Thailand, and you are
more than likely see to exotic snakes, monkeys, lizards and other
animals being treated the same way.
Sure, it makes for a nice picture, but the
animals are often drugged, kept in extremely poor and unnatural
conditions, and the simple gesture of giving a few Baht to hold
the animal, have your picture taken with it, only helps to make
the cruelty and exploitation that these animals suffer even worse.
The best thing to do is not become part of the
problem, and simply ignore the temptation to give money, feed or
touch the animal.
On a recent trip to Hua Hin, Thailand, better
known for its good seafood and nice beaches than animal rescue,
ASIA Travel Tips.com had the opportunity to visit the Wildlife
Friends Rescue Center and talk with Edwin Wiek, the Founder &
Director, of the project.
In the HD video below, Edwin talks of animal
exploitation in Thailand, where the animals at his rescue center
come from, why it is free for people to visit on an educational
day-tour, how they can get to the centre, and how much of the project, which is expanding rapidly, is
funded by volunteers from around the world who visit and stay in Thailand for
a few weeks to a few months working at the center taking care of the
As you will see in the video, the center already has a
large variety of monkeys, bears, birds and even a very large
crocodile and an injured tiger.
It is heart-breaking to see the cruelty that has
been inflicted on some of these truly magnificent animals, and
yet, it is also heart-warming to see that there are people such as
Edwin and the hundreds of volunteers who pay to stay and work at
the centre giving their time, blood and sweat to make a difference
for their future.
HD Video about the
Animal Rescue Center in Hua Hin, Thailand
If you would like to support the foundation and
its honorable work, then please visit their