Viewfinder: Elephants Race in Vietnam

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Mahouts ride their elephants in a river swimming race during the Buon Don elephant festival in Vietnam's Central Highlands in the Dak Lak province on March 12th, 2019. Locals say the race is a celebration of the much-revered animals, traditionally thought of as family members in this part of Vietnam, but conservation groups are calling for an end to the festival, which they say is cruel and outdated.

Mahouts ride their elephants in a river swimming race during the Buon Don elephant festival in Vietnam's Central Highlands in the Dak Lak province on March 12th, 2019. Locals say the race is a celebration of the much-revered animals, traditionally thought of as family members in this part of Vietnam, but conservation groups are calling for an end to the festival, which they say is cruel and outdated.

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