KIM Kardashian has been branded "cruel" for sharing throwback pictures from her Bali holiday which shows an elephant being ridden in a sanctuary.
The Keeping up with the Kardashians star has been met with fierce backlash for posting pictures of herself and her husband, Kanye West, standing in front of some of the animals on Twitter.
The photos show Kim and Kanye cuddling up to an elephant, while another shows a man, believed to be a sanctuary worker, riding it while Kim touches its trunk and gives a sultry smile.
Her post is captioned: "Missing Bali! and the amazing elephant sanctuary."
But animal lovers worldwide have hit back, saying no true sanctuary would allow elephants to be ridden.
Downton Abbey star Peter Egan led the backlash by posting: "Suck ignorance and such a lack of care.
"Doesn't she understand the cruelty inflicted on these poor elephants in order for her inane photo shoot.
Another user wrote: "What kind of sanctuary let humans sit on the elephants?"
@Kurr said: "Except sanctuaries don't ride their animals cause it's cruel. Or tie them up with ropes?"
@JannieC said: "Disgraceful."
Freyziebell added: "Gross. It's not hard to do some research."
Gross. It's not hard to do some research
Hundreds of other people wrote identical responses, saying: "This is not a sanctuary."
But Kim later defended herself, taking to Twitter to address the backlash and clarify what they were doing and where they were.
She wrote: "We visited an elephant sanctuary that has rescued these elephants from Sumatra where they would have otherwise gone extinct.
"It is an organisation that is working to save these beautiful animals.
"We did full research before going."
Kim can be seen in a tiny bikini top and a high wasted skirt while Kayne opted for a casual look of mint-coloured shorts, a t-shirt and a denim jacket.
The couple went to Bali in October 2018.
According to the Bali Animal Welfare Association, 3.8million tourists visit Bali a year and are encouraged never to go on an elephant ride or visit attractions where the animals are performing.
The website also says tourists should not stay in resorts or hotels that have elephants in captivity.
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