Roxy Jacenko has finally addressed the elephant in the room, or at least the one that sparked some backlash online.
The celebrity publicist has come under fire for letting her 10-year-old daughter Pixie and 8-year-old son Hunter ride elephants on a beach in Thailand, a place widely known for its notoriously cruel treatment of animals for entertainment purposes.
Jacenko, 42, claimed he had “no idea” of the wrongdoing on his behalf and has since deleted the post on social media.
“I’m really shocked – I had NO idea, if I did I obviously wouldn’t have participated and educated the kids on why they couldn’t participate,” she told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday night.
“This is our first trip to Phuket, and it has been a remarkable experience overall, when we saw the two elephants on the beach, next to where we are staying, the children were overjoyed, as they had never had the experience of being so close. an extraordinary animal and be true animal lovers.
“I deleted the posts and am now well aware of why it would have caused annoyance that was unintentional,” his statement concluded.
The original post quickly racked up negative comments, including: “I think it’s far from amazing and shouldn’t be allowed.”
“Please don’t promote elephant tourism. They need to be protected, not used for our entertainment. Kids will gain so much more from being educated on this,” one user wrote.
“Oh no, it’s so bad to be riding elephants. It is so cruel and encouraging their exploitation,” said another.
“I’m sure your kids loved it and were very nice, but it’s important to understand the unkind training behind it,” someone advised.
“Perhaps an error of judgment in participating in this experience. Please don’t be an advocate of breaking the souls of these innocent animals.”