Comments on: Chang Yim-Smiling Elephant Project http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/ Sat, 02 Jan 2010 13:02:49 -0500 hourly 1 By: The Eyes of Thailand | Thailand Land of Smiles http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-8144 The Eyes of Thailand | Thailand Land of Smiles Sun, 13 Sep 2009 01:11:48 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-8144 [...] numbers decline just as dramatically. Recently the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration set up the Chang Yim ( Smiling Elephant ) project to begin buying and removing these gentle beasts from Bangkok streets and from Mahouts that often [...] [...] numbers decline just as dramatically. Recently the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration set up the Chang Yim ( Smiling Elephant ) project to begin buying and removing these gentle beasts from Bangkok streets and from Mahouts that often [...]

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By: Anonymous http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-7861 Anonymous Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:19:16 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-7861 Hi Talen, I’m writing from <a href="http://www.elephant.co.uk/newsFeeds/newsFeeds.php" rel="nofollow">Elephant News</a>. We run a weekly round-up of elephant conservation news and are this week looking at the <a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/08/20/national/national_30110207.php" rel="nofollow">new regulations being brought in to tackle Bangkok’s mahout problem</a>. I am aware that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/investigation/13423/elephants-on-the-loose-in-bangkok" rel="nofollow">tried on a number of occasions previously to tackle this problem</a>, but have failed due to a lack of authority to seize the elephants, a lack of places to house the freed animals and the disbandment of units set up to take action against the mahouts. Are you confident that they will have more success this time with their Smiling Elephants project? And if so, why? Also, why do you think it is important for the elephants to be registered at birth rather than at eight year’s old as they are currently? Kind regards, Jo-ann Hi Talen,

I’m writing from Elephant News. We run a weekly round-up of elephant conservation news and are this week looking at the new regulations being brought in to tackle Bangkok’s mahout problem.

I am aware that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have tried on a number of occasions previously to tackle this problem, but have failed due to a lack of authority to seize the elephants, a lack of places to house the freed animals and the disbandment of units set up to take action against the mahouts.

Are you confident that they will have more success this time with their Smiling Elephants project? And if so, why?

Also, why do you think it is important for the elephants to be registered at birth rather than at eight year’s old as they are currently?

Kind regards,
Jo-ann

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By: Talen http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-7725 Talen Tue, 11 Aug 2009 17:08:47 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-7725 Martyn, That picture would make a very compelling leaflet. Mike, International coverage would be good but the best thing is the money being donated. I really wish they would set up a proper donation system so we could place something on websites. Martyn, That picture would make a very compelling leaflet.

Mike, International coverage would be good but the best thing is the money being donated. I really wish they would set up a proper donation system so we could place something on websites.

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By: Mike http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-7716 Mike Tue, 11 Aug 2009 06:58:03 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-7716 Talen, I almost blogged about this today having seen the photograph in the UK press. Perhaps international coverage will also help put pressure on the trade and use of these beautiful wild beasts. They should be in the rain forest (whats left of them) not on the streets of Bangkok. Sadly, as you point out, in a lot of cases tourists are in a way responsible for them being in BKK and other cities. .-= Mike´s last blog ..<a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheTeflDon/~3/0g-Dnxbte_U/tattooed-in-thailand.html" rel="nofollow">Tattooed in Thailand.</a> =-. Talen, I almost blogged about this today having seen the photograph in the UK press. Perhaps international coverage will also help put pressure on the trade and use of these beautiful wild beasts.

They should be in the rain forest (whats left of them) not on the streets of Bangkok. Sadly, as you point out, in a lot of cases tourists are in a way responsible for them being in BKK and other cities.
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By: Martyn http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-7715 Martyn Tue, 11 Aug 2009 05:44:26 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-7715 If the Chang Yim project has any leaflets or informational brochures to hand out then your top photo on the front of them will ram there message home. I pray the project succeeds because that is a very sad photo of a beautiful animal. .-= Martyn´s last blog ..<a href="http://www.thaisabai.org/2009/08/thailand-at-work-village-noodles/" rel="nofollow">Thailand At Work – Village Noodles</a> =-. If the Chang Yim project has any leaflets or informational brochures to hand out then your top photo on the front of them will ram there message home. I pray the project succeeds because that is a very sad photo of a beautiful animal.
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By: Talen http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-7712 Talen Tue, 11 Aug 2009 03:56:57 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-7712 Cat, Apparently that's exactly how the baby elephant ended up in the manhole he was walking around it and his back end swayed right into the hole. I think this project will work well in Bangkok but they really need to make this a national campaign. I couldn't imagine the fight that would break out between food cookers and mahouts if an elephant knocked over a food stall... Cat, Apparently that’s exactly how the baby elephant ended up in the manhole he was walking around it and his back end swayed right into the hole.

I think this project will work well in Bangkok but they really need to make this a national campaign.

I couldn’t imagine the fight that would break out between food cookers and mahouts if an elephant knocked over a food stall…

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By: Catherine http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/2009/08/10/chang-yim-smiling-elephant-project/comment-page-1/#comment-7711 Catherine Tue, 11 Aug 2009 03:44:19 +0000 http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/?p=2199#comment-7711 Thank you for posting about The Chang Yim project. This is the first time I've heard of it. I know they've tried to get elephants off the streets of BKK, but like everything else, it is not working. Hopefully this will. That poor baby elephant! He looks so very sad. When I'm forced to walk around the elephants on Suk, I wonder just how dangerous it is for elephants and pedestrians alike. Elephants don't walk, they sway from side by side. They can sway right into those trying to walk around them. And with the crowded sidewalks of Thailand, how do they manage? People are cooking food right there in the way, and elephants won't know to avoid bumping into the cookers. .-= Catherine´s last blog ..<a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/womenlearnthai/PKcd/~3/dwWP6UV7Ijo/" rel="nofollow">The Nation Weblog: Of Things Thai</a> =-. Thank you for posting about The Chang Yim project. This is the first time I’ve heard of it. I know they’ve tried to get elephants off the streets of BKK, but like everything else, it is not working. Hopefully this will.

That poor baby elephant! He looks so very sad.

When I’m forced to walk around the elephants on Suk, I wonder just how dangerous it is for elephants and pedestrians alike.

Elephants don’t walk, they sway from side by side. They can sway right into those trying to walk around them.

And with the crowded sidewalks of Thailand, how do they manage? People are cooking food right there in the way, and elephants won’t know to avoid bumping into the cookers.
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