Ethical Animal Encounters

It always surprises me how long it’s taken for the world to realise that most of the animal tourism activities we have participated in for many years involves the harm and exploitation of animals. Only recently have animal activists begun to break through the social media feeds to shed light on the harmful effects of animal tourism.


Elephant riding & performance

Elephants are taken from their parents as a baby and tortured to break their spirits so they are able to interact with humans. The process is called Phajaan, or “the crush”. As adults these Elephants are chained away from there natural environments and forced to carry tourists on their back all day long, as well as perform tricks to audiences of tourists.

Circus performances

Animals are taken out of their natural environment, left in cages and only brought out once they have to do a performance. They are beaten and starved in order for them to perform tricks correctly.

Tiger temples

You may have seen the horrifying finds in the media about tiger cubs being killed, frozen and sold on the black market. Tourists were visiting the infamous Tiger Temple before it was closed down, taking photos with drugged tigers who are kept in confined cages.

Dancing bears

Young bears are captured in the wild, separated from their mothers, and taught by a trainer to become dancing bears in conditions of unimaginable cruelty.

Photos with Slow Loris or Gibbons

Endangered animals like the Slow Loris and the Gibbon suffer because of their cuteness. These creatures are captured from the wild and are subjected to having their teeth cut off or pulled out so they cannot bite tourists.

Now you have an understanding as to why I have spent a lot of time creating content for this blog that educates travellers about animal tourism, and suggests alternative ways that we can see and appreciate these beautiful creatures in the wild.


This article was written by The Altruistic Traveller, thanks again for sharing with us! You can find their blog with this link: 

About the author

Leave a Reply