Traveling is one of the activities with the highest feedback that facilitates both emotional and mental growth, as well as the economic development of the tourist sites that are visited. It is about mutual support that positively impacts the traveler, the hosts and even the environment of the destination being discovered; That is why it is essential to travel in an intelligent, responsible and sustainable way.
One way to do this is through ecotourism, a trend that encourages tourism in a responsible way with the planet and, if necessary, with the communities that are in greater contact with nature. Little by little, ecotourism has been gaining position in the travel industry; however, it is still not enough. The support of the traveler is required to continue promoting care for the environment.
It is enough to be aware of the tourist activities that should not continue to be carried out, to precisely avoid them during our trips. Here are five tourism activities that you should not do because they are related to animal abuse
- Presentations with aquatic animals such as dolphins, seals or whales - much less swimming with them.
Most of these wild life animals are in captivity, causing the separation of their family groups and the constant emotions of anguish and stress. This causes them to lose their ability to swim long distances, get sick and reduce their life expectancy.
- Ride on the back of an elephant.
It is one of the most popular tourist activities in Thailand and Vietnam, despite being an action loaded with cruelty. In the words ofHumane society, “Cruelty may not be apparent to viewers, as it often occurs behind the scenes and in various forms - through the use of abusive training methods; depriving them of social contact with other elephants; degrading conditions for their legs, causing arthritis and other diseases. " The captive elephants that tourists ride are not domesticated animals that follow the wishes of humans; but they are animals that were abused to become submissive to humans. Instead of going on an elephant ride, there are elephant sanctuaries where there are several rescued specimens of this cruelty.
- Buy coral souvenirs.
Coral reefs account for 1/4 of the ocean's biodiversity, serving as a shield against storms. Unfortunately the coral mine is affecting the health of this marine species. Sea miners extract coral from the oceans to use as road cement, jewelry, or rocks for aquariums. This causes the degradation of the reef systems that provide life to the marine ecosystem and serve as a source of food and economy for local communities. Just because it is for sale does not mean it comes from legal sources.
- Consume drinks with snakes.
Snake wine or tequila is a fascinating novelty; however, it is a problem for cobras, an endangered animal species. This tradition has spread for centuries in Asia and reached Latin lands, finding itself involved in activities of animal cruelty: a snake can take months to die in the bottle, which has caused numerous accidents after opening the bottle.
- Eat shark soup.
We will have to thank the old movie ofJaws –1975– for producing a fictional image of sharks as soulless and murderous species. But the reality is that sharks are responsible for perhaps one person a year, while humans are responsible for the death of 100 million sharks a year. Shark fishing is mainly done by Asian boats, which sell their profits to restaurants that produce soup from the animal. In Asia, shark soup is considered a popular delicacy despite having no significant nutritional value or taste.