If you're looking to see some wildlife on your travels this year, make sure you avoid these ten terrible tourist traps.
Animal lovers looking for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation opportunity are unwittingly funding an industry that depends on wild animals being beaten and terrified into submission in order to reduce the threat to tourists.
So if you're looking to see some wildlife on your travels this year, make sure you avoid these ten terrible tourist traps.
Riding elephants. Not only do these elephants have to be cruelly “broken” to allow people to ride them, the stress they are put under can also make them dangerous to people.
Taking tiger selfies. Tiger cubs are taken away from their mothers and drugged to make them tame enough for these so-called “cute” photos.
Walking with lions. These majestic wild animals face a lifetime of captivity, being manhandled by people every day and then “trained” to walk alongside them, all for a photo.
Visiting bear parks. Bears are often kept in barren, concrete enclosures with little or no stimulation. This creates heartbreaking mental and physical problems that can lead to infighting and injuries.
Holding sea turtles. Atrocious living conditions, disease outbreaks, and the stress of being repeatedly handled make attractions like the Cayman Turtle Centre a huge no-no for animal lovers.
Performing and swimming with dolphins. These highly intelligent animals are kept in tiny pens rather than roam freely out in the oceans they belong to.
Dancing monkeys. Bound by chains for their whole lives, macaques are exposed to cruel and aggressive training techniques to make them walk like humans.