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​Understanding Wildlife Tourism

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"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.

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Photographs: World Animal Protection