Monday 8 February 2016

More than HALF A MILLION animals enslaved in tourist attractions worldwide

A STAGGERING 550,000 wild animals are suffering to put smiles on the faces of globetrotters.

PUBLISHED: 15:17, Wed, Feb 3, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:48, Wed, Feb 3, 2016

Three out of four wildlife tourist attractions are causing either some form of animal abuse or creating conservation concerns to entertain 110 million travelers a year, warns a new study. 

Animals being taken from their mothers as well as being beaten to give rides, perform tricks or provide selfies are among the abuses highlighted in the shocking new report from World Animal Protection as it lists the ten “cruelest wildlife entertainment activities” across the world. 

Elephant rides, tiger selfies and walking with lions top the table which has been released in a week that has seen a British trekker tragically killed during an animal ride in Thailand. 

Gareth Crowe, 36, from Renfrewshire, was gored by van elephant which is reportedly being put back to work as a tourist ride after a short break. 

World Animal Protection drew up the following list of attractions from evidence gathered in the first ever global research into the scale of welfare and conservation of wildlife tourism conducted by the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). 

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