10 Tourist Attractions That Are Cruel For Animals



Don't get duped into supporting the hidden cruelties of these popular tourist activities.

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. 

A list of 10 cruel tourist attractions that involve animals.
  1. 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. 

  1. Taking tiger selfies. Tiger cubs are taken away from their mothers and drugged to make them tame enough for these so-called “cute” photos

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. Dancing monkeys. Bound by chains for their whole lives, macaques are exposed to cruel and aggressive training techniques to make them walk like humans. 

  1. Touring civet cat coffee plantations. Despite claims that this luxury coffee comes from wild civet cats, there is strong evidence that they are in fact being farmed and living their lives in small barren cages.  

  1. Charming snakes and kissing cobras. These fearsome creatures have to endure having their fangs removed with metal pliers, and venom blocked using painful techniques, all for the sake of entertainment.  

  1. Farming crocodiles. These magnificent creatures are kept in filthy, overcrowded pits, leaving them exposed to disease and violent infighting that can often be fatal. 

Looking to see animals on your travels this summer but want to make sure you're not harming them? Try seeing wild animals in their natural habitats, or learn about zoo alternatives to satiate your animal fix.  

More about