It’s not just about the elephant…

We’re in Southern Thailand again, sharing the word about Humane Tourism for the upcoming “high-season” when hoards tourists come to Thailand, many of them not knowing the cruelty endured by many captive elephants in the tourist industry. At the same time, we reach out to the local children, helping them look at the jungle habitat they share with many wild animals with a sense of wonder and awe.  One of the reasons I like spending many months at a time living in the local areas (as opposed to the “tourist” areas) is how it allows me to be a part of the neighborhood, instead of  a nameless face passing through.

Yesterday I was very sad to see that this beautiful snake had been killed, instead of captured and taken deeper into the jungle. No doubt all of the kittens/ducks/chickens wandering about called loudly to his nature. It is the human nature of eradicating what we fear that is difficult to reconcile.

On the bright side, the children and I had a great talk about it all, exploring how to see the wonder and the beauty of all animals, even when they scare us. Then we got our sticks and drew a story in the sand, titled “I don’t want the snake to eat my cat but maybe I’m okay if the snake can live in the jungle”.

Step by step (slither by slither) the future is being written.

The Heart is on the Road Again

Leaving Sri Lanka was especially bitter-sweet this year as friends new and old enveloped us in elephant-sized love, and the seeds of projects planted last year began to take root. The complex challenges of HEC remain and there are no easy answers for the people, the land, and the captive and wild elephants, but the Circle of Compassion widened and within it are good people working together to shift conflict into coexistence for all.

Education is key to vastly improving the treatment of elephants already in captivity, to ensure a future for the remaining wild elephants and their habitat, and to hear the longing of the rural children and their stories. We’ll be returning soon, joining hands and Heart with friends all coming together to “Let What Moves You Move the World!”.

Next stop: Thailand and growing our Humane Tourism Campaign (#NotOnMyBucketList), whilst returning once again to share Humane Animal Education with some very special island kids. Everywhere we go there are so many children already filled with Elephant Love, and with a little support they can change the future for all of the animals surrounding them and the habitat they call home.

What EVER it is that MOVES you is CALLING you. Compassion without Action is too sentimental a thing, but your Compassionate ACTION can change everything, and it will certainly change YOU along the way. All together now!