Should “animal Selfies” in Tourist Locations with Well-Known Animal Species Be Allowed

Good (—). l am here today to talk about an important issue regarding whether or not “animal selfies” in tourist locations with well-known animal species (like koalas and tigers) should be allowed. Coupled with a way of self-entitlement and an entire lack of awareness, this has led to increasingly irresponsible travel behavior within the style of animal selfies, which contribute to wildlife exploitation and animal abuse on a world scale.

They see their photo of them straddling a grown tiger or hugging a cute little possum as evidence of their love for animals and proof of their amazing adventures. And in fact, making friends jealous via Facebook or Instagram is an enormous boost to the ego. But at what cost? The selfie culture has become a global sensation over the last decade, driven by a selfish need for people to share every minute of their life on social media platforms. 

People are filled with self-entitlement and a blinding lack of awareness, this has led to arising thoughtless travel behavior within various sets of animal selfies, which pave the way to exploiting the wildlife and animal abuse on an international scale. People will often venture to a selected destination just to urge a selfie with a tiger or elephant, filling their social media feed with pictures of how awesome they’re to impress their friends and family back home. The idea of using animals as photo props isn’t a brand new thing. 

Ever since tourists began wanting unique souvenirs of their trips abroad, the profit-driven travel industry has gladly supplied opportunities to require animal selfies. “Touts”– those bold, overly aggressive those who pester you to shop for their goods and services– are often found in tourist markets, nightclub strips, and resorts all around the world. Most tourists simply don’t comprehend the abhorrent conditions many of those animals are kept in, and therefore the terrible treatment they endure to supply that special souvenir photo.

Thailand’s Tiger Temple is ready up to permit visitors to own their photo smitten Tigers. But the favored tourist attraction has been the source of controversy for a decade now. Respected NGOs like Take care of The Wild International and National Geographic have documented proof of illegal wildlife trafficking, illegal forced breeding (to the supply of cute cubs), physical abuse, malnutrition, and insufficient facilities. Yet, in spite of innumerable movements to close down the places, tourists still flock to show off their animal selfies taken there.

Other large, potentially dangerous animals, like Eastern Europe’s dancing Bears, are put through horrific surgical procedures to defang or declaw them to create these encounters safer for the tourists. 

Dolphins held in inappropriate dolphinariums are often forced to perform gruesome daily shows and then are subject to being pawed and even ridden by countless tourists who crave that all-important picture of them cuddling a cute dolphin. Various scientific pieces of evidence show that this ill-treatment, especially their confinement, is seriously detrimental to the Dolphins’ health and well-being.

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