Dear (MP NAME)

Request to back new law to stop UK tour operators promoting elephant abuse and spread of deadly viruses to tourists

As your constituent I urge your support for a proposed Government Bill to ban advertising of cruel and highly dangerous Asian elephant related "attractions". Endangered baby elephants are snatched from the wild, starved, beaten and stabbed to "break" them for easy commercial exploitation - riding, selfies and "tricks".

Save The Asian Elephants has revealed over 1,000 companies (and rising fast) promoting hundreds of the most violent Asian elephant-related venues in the UK market by thousands of adverts. In 2018/19 2 million UK tourists visited India and Thailand. In 2016 13 million elephant rides occurred in Thailand alone.

Elephants provoked by abuse attack and kill tourists. Broken down and held in fetid close confinement they also transmit deadly airborne viruses to humans such as TB and, science suggests, a grave risk of Covid-19 too.

"Guidelines" pushed by Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) are vague, full of loopholes, lack any mechanism for monitoring, enforcement or sanctions for breach, are wholly voluntary, with no take up or effect. Even the experts who helped ABTA draft them express dismay that key advice has been excluded by ABTA in the published version, described as positively "dangerous" in a Covid world. ABTA as the paid mouthpiece for such operators is plainly conflicted. Indeed STAE has so far identified 106 ABTA members promoting all the most brutal venues. ABTA and its members have for years ignored all requests to desist.

STAE has also recorded numerous broken promises of change, showing the futility of blandishments as a substitute for law and fitting penalties.

Populus polling (July 2020) shows 90% of Britons demand an immediate end to such abuse. 79% want STAE's new law now. STAE's petition has over 1 million signatures and 31 million more from aligned petitions, backed by 100 influencers and key bodies including all main SE Asian religions.

STAE's draft Bill requested by Government in 2019 bans UK advertising and sale of such venues, promoting genuine sanctuaries where elephants are observed from a safe distance. DEFRA announced (Sunday Telegraph 4 April 2021) that such a Bill is to be introduced. But there must be no further delay: when travel restrictions lift UK tourists will again unwittingly contribute to such atrocities and be exposed to grave danger.

I look forward to hearing that you have asked the Government to introduce the Bill urgently, thank you.

Yours sincerely