The cutting of an elephant's tusks

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After the latest round of politics and the discussion that trade in ivory which is from a Thai elephant I read about the latest.

Workers at an elephant shelter have cut back the tusks of an elephant which killed a Thai woman in Ayutthaya – in the hope of wiping away bad luck from the animal. - Breaking news.


But please remember that a great deal of money is made from these rides AND who is paying - the TOURIST - should we think about educating the tourist as well? 


Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal manager Ittiphan Khaolamai said about one-fifth of the animal's 3.2ft-long ivory was taken off, since it is believed the spirit of a person killed by an elephant would remain in the tusks - msn UK.

Is this standard practice in Thailand?