Most wildlife tourist attractions are “cruel”

Study slams inhumane animal tourist attractions
Three quarters of the world’s wildlife tourist attractions are cruel, a new study suggests, involving some form of animal abuse or conservation concerns.
The report, commissioned by World Animal Protection and conducted by the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, states that “at least 550,000 wild animals” are suffering in tourist attractions around the globe.
Activities that are cruel to animals, the report says, include riding elephants, taking photos with tigers, visiting bear parks, handling sea turtles, performing dolphins, dancing monkeys, touring civet cat coffee plantations, snake charming and crocodile farming.
“It’s clear that thousands of tourists are visiting wildlife attractions, unaware of the abuse wild animals face behind the scenes. As well as the cruelty to animals, there is also the very real danger to tourists, as we saw earlier this week with the very sad death of tourist Gareth Crowe in Thailand,” said Elizabeth Hogan, US wildlife campaign manager at World Animal Protection.
An elephant recently gored Gareth Crowe to death during a tourist ride on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.
“We need to stop the demand for elephant rides and shows, as well as hugs and selfies with tigers and lions, by exposing the hidden suffering behind wildlife attractions,” Hogan said. “If you can ride, hug or have a selfie with a wild animal, then you can be sure the attraction is cruel. Vote with your wallet and don’t go.”
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