The Asian Captive Elephant Working Group was formed in 2015 by a group of elephant specialists, veterinarians, researchers, camp managers and conservationists to address the current situation for captive elephants in the tourism industry in SE ASIA.
To ensure sustainable populations are only created from already existing captive elephant groups.
Eliminate the capture of wild elephants for any commercial purpose whatsoever from within SE Asia.
Promote a high quality of life for captive elephants in SE Asian range countries by supporting positive elephant welfare practices, ensuring that the physical and mental needs of elephants are met, and promoting proper environmental stimulation, enrichment and social group living.
Bring together knowledgeable/experienced parties to address all matters related to ensuring a sustainable quality of life for captive elephants in SE Asia.
Improve captive elephant welfare by supporting quality mahouts and protecting elephants from abuse and misuse by humans.
Support the creation of an Elephant Welfare Standard for captive elephants in SE Asian countries, providing camp managers and the public with a baseline for elephant care as well as guidelines & support for camps to exceed this standard.
Identify sustainable means for covering the costs of captive elephants while encouraging ethical management and conservation.
Maintain the traditions and culture surrounding elephant care while developing effective and humane elephant management plans that respect mahout tradition and its cultural history and significance.
Encourage good business practices, and strengthen business models for captive elephant management based on high welfare standards.
Enhance education and awareness of issues related to wild and captive elephants, and recognise the opportunities the captive populations present for species conservation.
Encourage tourism facilities to use accurately researched and conveyed science and education to promote wild elephant and habitat conservation and good captive elephant welfare practice to the public.