There was an angry backlash after a CrossFit gym owner did a chin-up on an elephant’s tusks.
The shelter in South Africa has been criticized for its decision to allow the gym owner to pose for pictures of her hanging on the elephant’s tusks.
The South African woman identified as Emma Roberts has been described as “absolutely hideous,” and the sanctuary has also come under fire.
However, this is not the first time that the Adventures with Elephants Shrine in Mabula District has allowed something like this.
Pictures from their social media have featured others hanging by their tusks, and as many as Three people ride the elephant – a practice that is generally considered cruel because it puts strain on the elephant’s back.
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Mrs. Roberts was pictured performing the train and The incident sparked trouble online.
One person said, “Absolutely hideous. Humans do not understand the horror that wild animals go through to “perform”. Elephant spines are not intended to support the weight of humans. “
And another added, “I can’t believe she did that. She has no common sense or empathy. The elephant deserves to be treated with respect. Be nice to them. “
However, Ms. Roberts posted a statement on her now-deleted Instagram defending her actions.
She suggested that anyone who criticized her was not enlightened and that her pull-up had been an “amazing moment with this animal.”
The gym owner refused to apologize, adding, “For the sake of this amazing facility, I have decided to remove my post.
“I disagree that it is in any way cruel to share an amazing moment with this animal. However, there are many people out there who only see the negatives.
“Beating elephants is cruel, riding them is not ideal, keeping them in horrific surroundings, and killing them for their ivory is cruel.”
The RSPCA has advised against riding elephants on public holidays as it is cruel to the animal and the animals often have to be illegally captured and beaten until they meet the requirements, the charity said.
“It is not cruelty to give them a home in their natural environment and educate people about how intelligent and wonderful they are.” She said.
She added, “Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the world is enlightened enough to see this.
“Those of you who have sent me wonderful messages, thank you.
“Those of you who had this amazing experience for me feel like something I should be ashamed of … Shame on you.”
Have the tamers in the sanctuary was pictured with bullhooks.
The RSPCA said, “Bullhooks are often used to keep them [elephants] in check, which can also cause severe suffering. “