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​Understanding Wildlife Tourism


"If you can hug it, ride it or take a selfie with it, there is a strong chance the animal has been trained and suffered cruelty and the experience should be avoided" says World Animal Protection team...

Today (April 26) marks the beginning of the campaign World Animal Protection.

The campaign urges TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, to stop advertising and selling tickets to wildlife tourist attractions in which the animals may be subject to cruelty.

They also aim to educate tourists to be aware of holiday locations where animals are being bred as tourist attractions, and what to do if you find animal cruelty on holiday.

The Head of Campaigns at World Animal Protection, Nicole Beynon states,

“A good rule of thumb is if you can hug it, ride it or take a selfie with it, there is a strong chance the animal has been intensively trained and suffered cruelty and the experience should be avoided.”

There are many other ways people can see animals, which do not contribute to animals being abused. The best way is from afar in the wild or through certified eco tours. Through these means, you can be assured the animals are not being disturbed and the experience is more enjoyable as the animals are in the natural habitat.

You can sign the petition and read more about World Animal Protection's efforts to shut down the wildlife tourism industry here.

For more tips on animals and for the latest pet news, visit our website.

Photographs: World Animal Protection

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.