Yes, I know that the mahout thinks he is doing something NOBLE. And I really don’t want to criticize the mahouts. They are typically not the most educated of folks and their skills are in dealing with elephants.
But Buddhist monks and others, better educated, should prevent this from taking place.
IF an elephant, on its own volition, wants to kneel or pay homage in any other way, to a Buddha statue or anything Buddha-related, I am ALL IN FAVOR. That is fine.
But do NOT make a noble animal do something that it has no idea as to why it is doing so. That is not cricket.
A domesticated, tame elephant, 99% will do whatever it is asked to do. But, come on. This is NOT right.
This upset me. As you may know I do not totally object to elephants being made to perform because like dogs they like to please. But we need to have limits.