Cambodia to end elephant rides by 2020

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Elephant rides will be banned from one of Cambodia’s most famous tourist attractions by 2020.

Angkor Wat, a massive religious site that has stood since the 12th century, attracts more than 2.5 million international tourists each year. One of its most famous attractions are the elephant rides, where the animals are forced to ferry tourists on their backs through the streets. The 14 elephants still used to carry tourists will retire by next year.

“In early 2020, our association plans to end the use of elephants to transport tourists,” Oan Kiry, director of the Angkor Elephant Committee said in a statement. “They can still watch the elephants and take photos of them in our conservation and breeding centre. We want the elephants to live in as natural a manner as possible.”

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