Animal Tourism – Behind the News

Wacky colours, spotted coats andwhatever this weird looking thing is.

Our planet sure is packed with someunique and wonderful animals.

I like monkeysbecause they're really cute.

I would love to see any typeof tiger in a natural habitat.

I would go see some wolves because I like howthey're the ancestors of the dog.

Unfortunately, not all of these coolanimals live in Australia, so sometimes you have to headoverseas to see them.

It's a big reason why animal tourismhas become such a massive industry.

Whether it's taking selfieswith big cats, swimming with dolphinsor riding elephants.

That all might sound pretty awesome but it can be a lot less awesomefor the animals involved.

It can lead to wild animalsbeing taken from their homes or sometimes the animals are treatedreally badly.

For example, elephants can be beatenand kept in tiny cages, while being trained to carry people.

Tigers and lions can be drugged to make them calmer and saferaround tourists.

And dolphins can be keptin enclosures without room to hunt, roam or play as they wouldin the wild.

For a long time, animal rights groups have been trying to stoptourism companies from promoting these kindsof activities.

And a good rule of thumb isif you can ride it, if you can hug it or if you canhave a selfie taken with it, then there's a good chance that thatanimal has suffered from cruelty, so don't buy the ticket.

Nicola worksfor World Animal Protection and recently, a petitionof theirs lead to Tripadvisor, one of the world's biggesttravel sites, changing its policies.

Tripadvisor announcedit would stop selling tickets to certain attractionsthat are often linked to animal mistreatment,like those where tourists get to touch captive,wild or endangered animals.

It also promised to put infoabout the issue on its website.

However, the ban won't applyfor domestic animal attractions like those involving cats and dogs,certain rescue programs or things like feeding programs that are run by approvedanimal experts.

Animal rights groups have praisedTripadvisor for taking a stand, but some people involvedin the industry argue that some of these attractionsare just a way of life or, that in poorer countries, they just give peoplea chance to make a living.

Others say they give touristsa chance to learn about the animals in them and that some actually helpto raise money for conservation.

However, many conservationists say, "No matter what the reason,wild animals should stay "in the wild, wherever possible.

" So, what do you guys think? I think it is a good thingif it's supporting conservation.

But it's not OKwhen it's absolutely forced.

You need to know if the place thatyou're going to with the animals, if the animals are treated well.

I am 100% fine with animal tourismas long as the animals are treated with the respect that we getas humans, because you do have to rememberthat they are just humans on four legs, essentially, because they can feel pain,they can feel emotion and why should we treat them likethey're just toys for us to look at?.

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