Kim Kardashian is being called out for posing with an "abused" elephant

3 May 2019, 17:32 | Updated: 26 January 2022, 19:21

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"How fucking stupid and ignorant have you got to be to ride an elephant all for the benefit of taking pictures?"

Is it a normal day if Kim Kardashian isn't called out for something problematic? This time she's being criticised by fans after she shared a throwback photo from her trip to Bali, where she posed with an elephant.

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The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shared some vacation photos with her husband Kanye West alongside an elephant she met at an "amazing elephant sanctuary".

In one photo, Kim touches the elephant's trunk while a man sits on top of its neck. And in another, the elephant is seen with its trunk wrapped around Kim's body.

Kim Kardashian with an elephant
Kim Kardashian with an elephant. Picture: Getty/Instagram:@kimkardashian

Sure, it's a cute photo opportunity, but Kim's fans are livid and have accused her promoting animal cruelty.

In one image the elephant handler is sitting on top of the elephant and has a hook, which is used to control elephants. According to Action For Elephants UK, wild elephants don't let humans ride them, so the elephant was probably subjected to cruel taming methods that involve ripping them away from their mother and keeping them in confined spaces for days on end. Elephant spines are also surprisingly fragile and can't take the weight of a human, so humans should definitely not be riding them.

And FYI, Asian elephants – which are an endangered species – aren't actually native to Bali, so any elephant that is brought there was probably brought over for tourism purposes.

People concluded that there was no way it could be a real sanctuary and called Kim out for not doing her research, especially because she has a massive platform and impressionable audience.

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