Seeing animals in the wild is always a breathtaking experience. Some just want to watch and revel in the momentary sight. Others prefer to take out their phones and cameras so that they can remember the moment forever. Both are great ways to appreciate the natural world and its animal inhabitants. The problem occurs when people take it a step further by approaching, touching, and even hitting the animal.
In 2016, tourists dragged a turtle out of the water for selfies, which caused the turtle extensive injuries. One person even put their child on the turtle’s shell for a picture. In 2015, beachgoers in Costa Rica interrupted sea turtle nesting for pictures, which prevented many them from getting to the beach to lay their eggs. Dolphins, sharks, bison, and sea lions have also suffered the same fate. Not only is this extremely harmful and even deadly for animals, but it is also dangerous for humans taking pictures. There have been multiple people harmed by wild bison and bears. Plus, in 2015, taking selfies killed more people than shark attacks.
One of the recent victims of these selfish animal photo opportunities was a seal on a beach in Kazakhstan. A group of men beat the seal with metal rods until it passed out. Then, they dragged it to the shore so that their children could play take pictures with it. Afterward, the men tossed the unconscious animal back to the sea. The seal likely died a slow, painful death and on the slim possibility that it survived, the seal is surely disabled and living in pain. To prevent this from happening again, we need the local authorities to actually do something to protect seals. Sign this petition to tell Kazakhstan authorities that they must protect the wildlife in their oceans from people!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Strengthen Animal Cruelty Laws in Sri Lanka to Protect Elephants
- Strengthen Animal Abuse Laws in Mississippi
- Uphold Ban on Exporting Live Animals During Australia’s Summer Months
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