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Elephant rides to stop at Cambodia’s biggest attraction

Cruel elephant rides at a famous temple in Cambodia are now coming to an end. The overworked group of 14 elephants will no longer be forced to work at Angkor Wat, where over 2.5 million international tourists visit each year. They will be transferred to a conservation and breeding centre by early 2020, the The Angkor Elephant Group Committee confirmed. In 2016, an elephant collapsed and died while ferrying two tourists to the monument, sparking international outrage at the practice. Two years later, a petition to end elephant rides gained over 14,000 signatures in just 48 hours after another animal died from exhaustion. There are 14 elephants left working at the monument (Picture: Moving Animals) Campaigners have welcomed the decision (Picture: Moving Animals)
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