Fast Fact: When travelling to some countries be aware that standards of animal welfare are frequently very low or non-existent. Therefore if an animal is involved in entertaining you there is frequently exploitation and suffering involved.
- More prominent at overseas locations is the increasing number of so-called animal sanctuaries. There are places where you can go to have a photo taken with a lion or tiger. Even places that offer elephant rides can fall into this category.
- While there are no doubt a small percentage of sanctuaries that are doing it for the right reason, for the majority it is a business of animal exploitation like any other.
- Many people have a natural desire to cuddle these animals, especially the young ones. The animals are often drugged to remain placid while tourists handle them and have photos taken.
- To feed this demand these ‘sanctuaries’ must continue to breed these animals but what happens to these animals once they pass the ‘cute and cuddly’ stage?
- After enduring a day of constant handling and photos the animals will usually be returned to concrete and wire cages only for the process to be repeated again the next day and the day after that. This is no life for animal that should be allowed to live wild and free.
- Some of these places present themselves as sanctuaries but they can also be a front for breeding and involvement in the illegal exotic animal trade. It is worth noting that it is estimated a dead tiger can be worth up to $50 000 on the black market.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!