Tourist selfies spark debate in Amazon

Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017

Amazon (7)An advocacy group known as World Animal Protection has issued a report stating that animals like sloths suffer when they are places in captivity for tourists to photograph and hold.


Social platforms like Instagram has been even educating users about this issue by reacting to hashtag searches with a warning that said that the users are merely hunting for a hashtag that is likely to be associated with harmful behavior to the animals or the environment.


Neil D’ Cruze who is the global wildlife adviser of World Animal Protection stated in an interview that they were eager to welcome tourists visiting the Amazon to be aware of the fact that they should not use animals as photo props on their vacation.


He said that animals presented to tourists have been pulled from natural habitats are placed in ‘unsuitable conditions’ and are being dealt with by numerous visitors every day.


Tourists are actually majorly aware of the ‘stress and injury’ the creators generally experience.


D’Cruze said that the solution lies in educating travellers. He saluted the animal selfie warning of Instagram and also efforts by TripAdvisor that had refused bookings for attractions where tourists had come into physical contact with wild animals. He also feels that there is a massive potential  for developing tourism in the Amazon region.


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