Booming wildlife tourism causes devastating consequences with animal cruelty
Date: October 05,2017
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Booming wildlife tourism causes devastating consequences with animal cruelty

World Animal Protection in Brazil and Peru has found an alarming rise in the trend of clicking selfies with the wild animals which directly consequences in the growing instances of animal cruelty. They are thus planning to launch a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists.

According to a new investigation by the charity World Animal Protection released this week states that some of the Amazon’s most endangered creatures are under threat from the growing trend of tourists taking “wild animal selfies”. With a tremendous growth of about 292% n the number of images posted to Instagram from 2014 to present, the selfies trend is no way appreciable by the responsible authorities. In other note, they only click the good part of situation and behind-the-scenes cruel conditions are not portrayed in any such selfies.

More than 40% of images taken are what are referred to as “bad” wildlife selfies: photos that feature someone hugging, holding or inappropriately interacting with a wild animal.

Evidence of cruelty included:

Sloths captured from the wild, tied to trees with rope, not surviving longer than six months

Birds, such as toucans, with severe abscesses on their feet

Green anacondas wounded and dehydrated

Caimans restrained with rubber bands around their jaws

An ocelot (a type of wild cat) kept in a small barren cage

A manatee held in a tiny tank in the forecourt of a local hotel

A giant anteater manhandled and beaten by its owner

Latin America has extensive wildlife tourism. The research showed that more than half of 249 attractions it looked at online offered direct contact with wild animals. It particularly focused on the misuse of sloths as “props”.  According to the charity, the animal is particularly vulnerable to human interaction and there is “good reason to believe” that most sloths being used for tourist selfies don’t survive beyond six months of this treatment.

Along with the government laws, the charity is now all up to launch a Wildlife Selfie Code to teach tourists how to take a photo with a wild animal without contributing to cruelty. This means refraining from taking a selfie with an animal that is being held, hugged or restrained, is being baited with food, or has the possibility of causing harm to someone. Selfies with wild animals should be taken from a safe distance to the animal, which should be in its natural habitat, free to move and not being held captive.

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