There are many issues to be aware of regarding captivity of wildlife. All the more so when these animals are intended to serve humans. Come and take a picture with a baby tiger / lion, come swim with the dolphins, come and discover Egypt on the back of a dromedary / Thailand on the back of an elephant, come and discover the snake charmers, come and discover the street monkeys, come watch the orangutan boxing fights, come eat with the owls / otters / penguins ... All of these activities are real. And all have one thing in common: animal suffering.

Each country has its 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 our country, we also have the right to shows with salt from non-domestic animals or to swim with dolphins, this is nonetheless scandalous for the safety of all but also regarding health standards. We must, once again, remember that an animal - even born in captivity - can become very dangerous. Imagine that a dolphin decides to take a child underwater. Or that a fawn baby starts wanting to scratch the person who wears it? Or a monkey scratching a person. In addition to suffering, illnesses can be transmitted. Our defensive system is not the same as that of animals.

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Although it is relatively rare, accidents happen very quickly and even professionals can be injured. But then, why want to ban all these activities? Animal tourism, for starters, causes many problems. Whether for elephants, but also for servants like horses, donkeys, dromedaries. The elephant obeyed by fear, that of the hook (ankus). It is not uncommon to see the mahouts using them, to direct the animal or simply to obey an order. The elephants are then tied up for long hours, sometimes, without being able to eat or drink. And the same applies to the dromedaries, who must carry heavy loads, in addition to the men, who remain tied for hours without being able to stoop. Animals are often sick, injured and when they become profitable enough, end up in the slaughterhouse. Same system for donkeys, in Greece, or horses.

Selfies with animals - and mainly wild animals - in some countries are directly linked to boxed hunting. Lions, for example, live in pens to reproduce as much as possible. Babies are uprooted from their mothers in order to be brought up by the human hand and tamed. The lioness, it will be good to return to gestation. The lion cubs are then used to attract customers to certain zoos and other luxurious establishments until they become adults. There, they are taken to game reserves - after a hunter has paid a crazy sum -, often hungry, to be killed! the fate of the tigers is hardly places, although at the other end of the world, the latter are drugged so that, even adults, they can continue to serve. Once too old, they are sold to taxidermists and will end in carpet.

As for the many animals in themed bars / cafes that are multiplying in Asia? Otters, penguins, snakes, tamarins, owls, foxes, meerkats ... there is something for everyone. But this activity, where the establishment often plays on preservation by explaining that they are there for animal welfare or that they help these animals - often mistreated - to regain confidence in humans, is a real niche d for trafficking in protected species. It is thanks to this kind of place, where most of the individuals present were not really born in captivity, that many people will find it cute and fashionable to have an Asian otter, as a pet. . They will then be ready for anything, sometimes for a few retweets and like, to acquire an otter. And this is where significant traffic begins, for certain protected species.

These are seemingly trivial things that may seem fun to us. However, for them, it is not at all fun and often it is to sign their death warrant. We have to talk about it around us and boycott this kind of activity. Do not yell at those who practice it, most people are not aware of the underside of this kind of activity. Explain to them, supporting videos and photos, and boycott together. Let us act for these mistreated animals, may one day experience happiness.

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