Kim Kardashian has found herself in hot water, once again — this time after posting a handful of pictures posing with elephants during her trip to Bali.
The 38-year-old reality TV star shared a couple of pictures Tuesday on Instagram showing her wearing a black strapless top with a black skirt as she posed next to elephants. In one picture, we see a person riding on the large animal while she posed next to it with her hand on the trunk. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)
She captioned the post simply, “Missing Bali! And the amazing elephant sanctuary,” crediting Kristen Noel Crawley for the shots. (RELATED: Kylie Jenner Keeps Bikini Season Going With Jaw-Dropping Swimsuit Shot [PHOTOS])
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Shortly after the pictures surfaced, some social media users attacked the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star and said the animal sanctuary was “fake” because the place allowed people to ride elephants. This would reportedly be forbidden at a real sanctuary due to animal cruelty. (RELATED: Kendall Jenner Goes Topless For Love Magazine Shoot [PHOTOS])
“THIS IS NOT A SANCTUARY !” one person wrote.
Another replied, “Do better research next time, don’t go to fake sanctuaries that chain up elephants and torture/beat them into submission.” (RELATED: Kanye West Defends His Support Of President Trump On Jimmy Kimmel Live)
“Delete this post and create a new one admitting you were wrong and to advise millions of people NOT to go to these places. It’s beyond cruel and you have now promoted this to millions of people!!!!!” another social media follower explained.
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While another blasted the reality TV star, saying: “This is not an elephant sanctuary. you do not ride elephants in a sanctuary. Do not visit or post about these places when you do not have the right information. These are beautiful animals that need to be treated with respect, not like a toy to ride along and to take an insta pic with. Disgraceful.”
“Shame,” another person wrote. “That poor elephant went through hell just so she could take a picture with the beautiful thing: if you look closely the ears are torn, and there are cuts and scars on the back legs from chains. [G]o look up what it take[s] to get to ride an elephant at side attractions or take pictures with them.”
Per Fox News:
More than 3,000 elephants are held at tourist venues dubbed animal ‘orphanages’ and ‘parks’ in Asian countries, according to a 2017 study by World Animal Protection.Majority of the animals are tortured and ‘trained’ at a young age to allow tourists to ride them. When they are not giving out rides or performing tricks, the elephants are chained to a confined space or stabbed with a hook or other tools by their trainer ‘to establish dominance’ over the animals, the report said.
As of this piece, Kardashian has yet to respond to the backlash.