"Shame On You": Kim Kardashian Faced Backlash After Posing With Elephants At 'Sanctuary' During Her Bali Vacation
August 13, 2019 20:27 By Mambee
With millions of social media fans, it's fair to say that Kim Kardashian's posts influence a lot of people all over the world. Kim is a role model for many people. This is why many Internet users believed they had to step in when she was spreading the wrong message.
Kim Kardashian posted photos with elephants
Once Kim Kardashian posted several photos of herself posing with elephants. The pictures were captured during her trip to Bali.
In the first photo, the Tv star can be seen near an elephant while a man was riding the animal.
In another picture, the fashion icon posed with her husband, Kanye West. And finally, in the third photo, the elephant wrapped its trunk around her body. Kim wrote:
Missing Bali! and the amazing elephant sanctuary.
The photos looked great and it seemed a good way to spend some time with animals at a sanctuary, but the whole situation wasn't wonderful at all. Just right after the posting of the photos, many people notice that the place she was visiting wasn't a sanctuary at all. Numerous animal rights campaigners criticized Kim for promoting animal abuse. One commenter, @erin_walton98, wrote:
This is vile. And that is NOT an elephant sanctuary, they would not be riding the elephants if it was!!
@robynstargold also commented:
Shame on you this is not an animal sanctuary, stop promoting animal abuse... just to get a cute picture...
People were sure that place wasn't an elephant sanctuary because people aren't allowed to ride elephants in sanctuaries. As it turns out, riding elephants can be very harmful to them so it is considered as a form of cruelty.
Several hours later, Kim decided to respond to criticism and concerns. The influencer insisted that the place they visited was actually about protecting and caring for elephants. She wrote:
We visited an elephant sanctuary that has rescued these elephants from Sumatra where they would have otherwise gone extinct. It is an organization that is working to save these beautiful animals. We did full research before going.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 4, 2018
However, this didn't solve all concerns and issues. Moreover, Rachel Matthews, deputy director at PETA in the United States, told The Independent that riding elephants directly supports the abuse elephants experience in certain shelters.
Whether it was Kim's intention or not, the reality star did something really wrong. She sent a message to her millions of followers that it is OK to treat elephants this cruel way. Many people don't realize that riding elephants is a form of abuse, so celebrities and other famous people should use their platforms to educate people and raise awareness. We hope next time Kim will know how to interact with animals the right way.