No doubt about it, animals are magnificent, awe-inspiring, magical even, but the extent that the tourism industry has gone to play on our connection with them is downright evil. Take Raina the elephant for example. This 27-year-old Asian elephant works longer hours than most people, carrying tourists up a steep hill to Amer Fort in Jaipur, India – often with no food or water. When Raina is not working, she is chained up in a concrete enclosure with no comfort, social activity, or a soft place to rest her sore, cracked foot pads. Sadly, these types of conditions and treatment are typical for wild animals kept in captivity in these tourists spots. A Care2 petition by World Animal Protection is calling for an end to the rampant cruelty that exists in the tourism industry.
These cruel tourist destinations continue to prosper because animal lovers continue to spend their money on them. People are clearly still not understanding the connection between cruelty and these wildlife tourist attractions – in part, because these facilities go so far out of their way to ensure people are convinced animals “enjoy” doing things that aren’t normal or natural for them. A recent undercover investigation by World Animal Protection found that 100 percent of the tourist attractions featuring lions, elephants, and dolphins in Bali involved animal cruelty – yet, countless tourists who visit these places rarely see the dark side.
We must continue to educate and spread awareness because the animals are depending on us! Sign the petition now and tell the tourism industry that enough is enough. Most wildlife used for entertainment are taken away from their mothers at a very young age and endure agonizing torture to be “broken” and trained. Many are kept in chains with little to no social interactions and are forced into a life of captivity and servitude, all for the purposes of human entertainment. There is no reason why we should pay for the torture and suffering of these animals.
Wild animals deserve to live free from exploitation. There are far more rewarding ways to experience the beauty and wonder of wild animals — click here to find out how.
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