All over the world, animals are being misused as a tourist attraction. Selfies with wild animals are booming, but these animals are exploited and mistreated like the jaguars in Mexico.
It is a cruel business!
First, America’s largest cat was deprived of its natural habitat for the benefit of humans, now they are being misused for tourism. They are harrowing pictures of how they are forced into chains and then swimming for tourists.
A few years ago, when a large organization announced in the media that the number of highly endangered jaguars in Mexico had increased, these animals, as well as the endangered elephants in Asia, were “cashed”.
Social media likes to pose with exotic animals, the rarer an animal is, the more you boast of being able to take a selfie with such an animal. Likes are more valuable than the health of a wild animal. It is often forgotten that these animals are exploited and abused for precisely this reason.
Two jaguars sit chained in a boat in Cancun, Mexico.
The jaguar found on the American continent is an endangered species. Jaguars are individual animals and can survive in many different habitats. They usually occur near water and prefer marshlands or tropical rainforests.
Just last year, ultra-right-wing President Bolsonaro caused outrage when he released the endangered Jaguar in Brazil for the trophy hunt.
But the jaguar is also exploited in Mexico, for tourism. National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, through his social networks, denounced the “abusive practices” behind some of the tourist attractions used by Cancun jaguars. He accused Cancun’s tourism companies of exploiting jaguars to benefit from the entertainment of tourists.
“JetSki drivers and their tourists are getting ready to dive with 2 tame jaguars in Cancun, Mexico. People need to know more about the big cat trade and selfie industry. From Thailand to South Africa, big cats are often the face of the wildlife trade. If you see your friends or family taking part in activities like this picture or petting boys, tell them that such companies are often associated with breeding programs, illegal body parts and boy trafficking, ”Steve Winter writes on Instagram.
The Mexican “Mexican News Daily” presented the photos of Steve Winter, which caused outrage in Mexico. It was announced that swimming with jaguars in the Caribbean had already ended and that the photos were older.
But in the research, you can still find current photos that show tourists with jaguars, so on Roatan, Honduras.
“The cruise jetty in Coxen Hole takes about 30 minutes.
You cross over with a small boat. Entry without transfer costs around $ 35. Otherwise 59 for the smallest package.
Now for the negative: Various animals are kept there, all unfortunately in far too small cages. A lion with behavioral problems and a tiger with a jaguar. Please consider carefully whether you want to enjoy yourself at the expense of the animals. A stay on the island only with sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming is also nice … ” writes a tourist on tripadvisor.de
Cruise tourism is booming in the Caribbean, so you can swim with wild stingrays on a small sandbar off the Cayman Islands.
There is a selfie for the social networks incl.
The trend takes on a whole new dimension when you want to photograph yourself and an exotic animal. So also in the Cayman Turtle Center, because a turtle is taken out of the water and a selfie is made.
Cayman Turtle Farm – Image: D. Schreier
Platforms like Instagram host hundreds of thousands of wildlife selfies. World Animal Protection researchers who analyzed wildlife selfies for a 2017 report found that the number of wildlife selfies posted on Instagram increased by 292% between 2014 and 2017 (!!!)
Celebrities have also contributed to the popularity of selfies in wildlife: Roger Federer and Margo Robbie pose with Quokkas in Australia, Justin Beiber with a tiger, Kim Kardashian with an elephant and Taylor Swift with a kangaroo.
In New Zealand, tourists were caught dancing with endangered sea lions for selfies, hunting rare yellow-eyed penguins, and trying to hug the shy and reclusive kiwi bird.
The handling of wild animals is cruel for the animals, like the lions in Africa. They are kept in captivity on so-called lion farms under terrible conditions. The commercial lion breeding industry in South Africa, for example, is cruel, barbaric, macabre!
On large cat farms in South Africa, lion and tiger cubs are born into a life of exploitation. Some are snatched from their mothers in the wild, while most are bred in fast breeding facilities.
In South Africa, cats often begin their lives at petting courts, where they serve as entertainment for paying visitors.
Young lions are also often used for tourist attractions, such as walking with a lion.
Their lives end deadly when they are shot by wealthy international hunters. Skins and heads are taken as trophies by the wealthy trophy hunters, and bones are legally exported under the “skeleton quota”, which is only valid in South Africa.
Especially on vacation, many use the camera to take a souvenir picture with animals. Most of these animals are exploited and mistreated, which should not be supported under any circumstances. Avoid taking selfies with wild animals!
And I mean… One of the biggest advantages of the coronavirus is the end of colonial tourism.
At least in this year!
Cruises, long-distance trips to Asia, adventure tourism, safaris, trophy hunting, bullfighting, fiestas with bull sacrifices… this mass invasions to exotic countries that exploit and abuse animals to death for a few dollars … all of this has paralyzed the animal-friendly Corona.
For the moment.
Everyone has to go on vacation at home or (highest offer) in a campsite, where the occupancy of guests is strictly controlled and the stay must be at least one week.
So the regulations in Germany.
There is great hope that this year this selfies society, with its hysterical urge for fun at the expense of other beings, will have to cure its selfies disease with picnic photos.
My best regards to all, Venus