There are many issues to be aware of regarding captivity to wildlife. Without speaking of an ethical question, taking a photo with a fawn baby in African countries is often directly or indirectly linked to boxed hunting. These babies, torn away too early from their reproductive mother, are sold to be raised by hand. When they become too large, and at the same time too dangerous, they are sent back to the farm to be sold for hunting. If some establishments keep the animal, especially tigers in Asian countries, it is regularly drugged to be able to take photos. If it is not the case, it is that the animal was beaten. And it's not the only activity that is linked to animal suffering: have you ever wondered how elephants and dromedaries, which are only used for tourism, live? How can orangutans simulate boxing fights? How can magots monkeys carry out all street activities? All these activities have one thing in common: the suffering of the animal, to entertain man.
Each country has its barbaric tradition. How can we, in France, take offense at this kind of practice knowing that we are practicing bullfighting? Well, it is not because one country does not set an example that the others must do the same! If, in France, we can pay to be photographed next to an elephant, a dolphin or a tigron, it is nonetheless very dangerous. Not to mention health standards, communicable diseases and the fact that our defensive system is not the same as that of the animals we exploit. Do we have to remember that wild animals, even born in captivity, can quickly be aggressive? How many times have cetaceans taken people underwater, like the orca Tilikum? How many times have lions attacked their trainer, like poor Chirkane? Imagine, tomorrow, taking a souvenir photo with a monkey and it bites you. Who will pay the price for this act? While you are hospitalized, the poor monkey will be punished!
But then what about themed bars and cafes in Asia? It's true, there is nothing prettier than taking a photo with otters or meerkats. After all everyone finds the animal of these dreams, ranging from tamarins to penguins, owls to foxes ... And yet, this is to be banished to the maximum. Some institutions really have a release and reintegration program ... But for many, it is only lucrative. You will hear that these animals have been mistreated, and that they are here to regain confidence in humans, so that they can be replaced in zoos or reserves. It is above all a veritable gold mine for trafficking in protected species.
This kind of place, often presented in a very cute way, is made to attract children but also tourists. For them, it's trendy to photograph yourself with an otter. They ignore the animal's journey ... Captured from an early age, surviving stress, injuries or confinement, the otter will then be sold to various businesses. She will be used to passing from hand to hand, sometimes even serving as a pet like a cat. This is why we inquire. Let's boycott these places! Don't yell those who go there, they may not know it! Explain to them, show them photos and videos.
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