Abuse in Animal Tourism

Introduction

Many people who consider themselves animal lovers visit animal tourism attractions because they do not realise the suffering they are funding. They are fooled into thinking the animals are happy, when they actually live a life of absolute misery. A lot of cruelty is known to go on behind the scenes, away from public view.

This can be the torture of wild animals to tame them in order to comply, or the killing of surplus animals in other attractions.

Animal tourism can include attractions near to your home, or in other countries. When animals are used for profit, profit is the main priority of the business, not animal welfare.

There are also animal tourism places that pretend to be sanctuaries, or  contributing to conservation, when their main objective is to profit through exploiting animals.

In some countries, zoos and animal parks kill animals such as tigers and sell their valuable parts to the Chinese medicine industry.

This page will give you an insight into the cruelty behind just a few of the different ways animals are exploited in the animal tourism industry. Sadly, there are many more.

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What Is Animal Tourism?

Animal tourist attractions can be anywhere where visitors pay to see or interact with captive animals. They are where animals are used to make profit.

Just a few examples are animal parks, zoos, circuses, aquatic attractions, rides with animals, posing with animals for photos.

In animal tourism, animals are only valuable while they are making a profit. If it is not cost effective to keep them or treat them etc., they are considered disposable.

Image: Animals are kept in captivity, cruelly “trained”, and used to make money from tourists. Source

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Look Deeper Than The Attractions PR

The animal tourism industry work very hard on PR to make people think that the animals they exploit are happy and not suffering, and that they are actually helping animals by being part of conservation efforts. In attractions that are there to make profits, this is usually not the case, as when profit comes first, it means animal welfare does not.

Many zoos and safari parks are criticised for imprisoning wild animals in captive, unnatural environments where they cannot roam miles or behave like they would in the wild. These attractions work hard to make the public believe that they are actually helping animals because of their conservation efforts.

When it comes down to it, businesses that exploit animals for profit have profit as their number one goal, not animal welfare. Doing a little conservation work hardly makes it any better for the individual wild animals they imprison to make money from the public.

Some Animal attractions mislead tourists by using the words “Sanctuary”, “Rescue”, or related terms.

Image: Zoos and other businesses using animals to profit, like to project the image of happy and contented animals. Source

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Animals Are Taken From the Wild For These Attractions

Although people think that all wild animals in captive attractions were born in captivity, this is not the case. Animals are known to be taken from the wild for tourist attractions and end up in world famous attractions. Even the attractions themselves know this, but refuse to acknowledge it.

Animals are stolen from the wild so people can see them in in all areas of animal wildlife tourism. Sometimes they are used simply to attract tourists to them or their establishment so they can sell them whatever they are selling.

It is the natural instinct of the families of the babies in the wild to try to protect them. This results in scores of wild animals being killed by poachers, just to get one baby for the insatiable demand from both government owned and privately owned zoos.

This is true for both land and ocean animals.

Learn more here.

Image: Orcas at Seaworld in the US, were stolen from their families in the wild. Source

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Elephant Rides

Huge numbers of tourists pay to ride elephants, but have no idea of the cruelty and suffering they are funding.

Ferrying tourists around is not natural behaviour for elephants. It is not something they choose to do. In order to make elephants compliant, they have been subjected to bullying and torture, which never relents until the elephants spirit is completely broken.

The process is called Phajaan, or “the crush”. It involves completely crushing the spirit of the elephant.

It involves ripping baby elephants away from their mothers and confining them in a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground where they’re unable to move.

The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days.

This leaves them a severely depressed state with no mental strength left to fight. They are then controlled with the fear of more pain for the rest of their lives.

You can watch a disturbing video of the process if you’re curious. Photographer Brent Lewin won an award for capturing this haunting image of the torture.

The process  is similar to that used on elephants in circuses.

The demand from tourists to ride elephants also causes more and more baby elephants to be torn away from their mothers and to be subjected to this torture and miserable life until they have been worked to death.

Image: An exhausted elephant stumbles as Scott Sanders (right) and friend ride it. The handler kicks and abuses it to make it carry on. Scott remarked on Facebook, where he posted the photograph, that the elephant deserved it. He seemingly needs educated. Scott’s mobile number is 07816933171 and he is on the Facebook Messenger app at @scottsanders86 Source

Scott Sanders having elephant ride

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Elephant "Sanctuaries" And "Rescues"

More people are learning that the practice of riding an elephant while a mahout (keeper) controls it with bull hooks is cruel. As a result, more wild life “sanctuaries” are springing up that claim to offer a humane option offering that up-close encounter with the great Asian mammal.

Some of these sanctuaries genuinely believe they are giving the animals a beneficial environment, but there are also those who cynically claim to be sanctuaries, just to profit from tourists.

The author with a Chiang Mai elephant.

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The so-called sanctuaries purportedly provide a more nurturing and safe environment for the elephants, compared to capturing and controlling a wild animal. But experts aren’t convinced.

People would make elephants walk hundreds of kilometers to the cities so they could make a living from giving rides to tourists. Although there is no doubt that sanctuaries provide a better environment compared with that, much education needs to be done.

Biologist Helena Telkanranta, the Founder and President of Elephant Experts, explains that sanctuary owners and staff “have not had opportunity to access scientific knowledge on elephant behaviour and biology,” Telkanranta also notes that “Some of their own practices still are problematic.”

Sarah Dean visited one such sanctuary, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, located one and a half hours’ drive out of Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north. Tourists who go there are offered a prolonged four-hour photo-shoot with the elephants posing on command.

Standing under a single tree with his foot chained is a bull with large tusks who the guide says could be in musth — a period of behaviour where male elephants become highly aggressive and have a huge surge in reproductive hormones.

Bulls in musth are meant to be given shady forests to relax in, but as the temperature hit 39 degrees the imposing animal has little shade.

Dr Jan Schmidt, a senior wildlife advisor in the Asia Pacific region for World Animal Protection, says: “Musth elephants are one of the biggest challenges and this is why elephants are not made to be kept in captivity.

“Musth elephants can turn uncontrollably aggressive, so that the only choice for the handlers is to chain them up, (often with front and hind legs chained together), and throw food at them for the duration of their musth time, which could be weeks.”

Biologist Helena Telkanranta, the Founder and President of Elephant Experts, explains that in hot weather tying a musth bull up could be a source of discomfort.

“Especially if the elephant did not have access to ample water that he could suck in his trunk and splash onto himself to cool down,” she adds.

During the introduction to the sanctuary, guides warn visitors to be careful of the bull and to watch out for their feet being stamped on by “crazy yaya” — a young elephant who has not been “trained” yet. Elephants are often trained using cruel and painful bull hooks.

Tourists are also told not to show any fear while they’re given sugarcane and bananas to feed the elephants with.

But these treats are not particularly good for them, says Schmidt, who explains that elephants primarily need a fiber-rich diet, including a variety of grasses, bushes and leaves.

“Sugarcane and bananas are not essential parts of that diet and can be compared to sweets for children,” she said.

And in many camps with high visitor traffic, these sweet additions to their diet go unmonitored. This is evident in some of the elephants which look like their eyes are welling up — the guide explains they aren’t “crying” but have just eaten “too much sugar.”

IMAGE: SARAH DEAN/MASHABLE

 

During the feeding session, I noticed the handlers controlling the elephants by tugging on their ears, telling tourists this doesn’t hurt them.

“Tugging on their ears is a common way to control elephants. It is used because the ears are easy to reach and the animals are sensitive to pulls on the ears,” Schmidt says.

Telkanranta agrees that sensitivity to pain is very similar between humans and elephants.

“There is a common misconception that because elephants have thick skin, they would feel less pain; but in reality, the receptors that pick up signals of pain and send them to the brain are located on the surface of the skin,” she adds.

IMAGE: SARAH DEAN/MASHABLE

To control the animals, the mahouts also shout loudly at them. The guides say they have to shout, or the elephants won’t hear them.

But both experts argue that elephants in general have very good hearing — often better than humans.

Telkanranta says: “If an elephant does not do what the mahout wants, this is often interpreted as the elephant refusing to listen.”

Schmidt adds that shouting acts as a stressor to the elephants, and that for elephants which have previously been subjected to bullhooks, they may associate yelling with that experience.

It’s likely that before these creatures arrived at the camp, many were subjected to the “breaking-the-will” approach of training where they were controlled by pain and their movements were restricted.

“Whether caught from the wild or bred in captivity, elephants have not undergone genetic changes to allow them to adapt to captive conditions. Elephants endure intensive and repeated cruelty throughout their entire lives to be able to be forced to perform for tourists,” Schmidt reasons.

“Elephants endure intensive and repeated cruelty throughout their entire lives to be able to perform for tourists.”

 

Unquenchable tourist demand

In high season around 20-30 people a day visit just one elephant camp at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and the company has five camps in total.

 

IMAGE: SARAH DEAN/MASHABLE

But although the elephants may look like they are roaming free, elephants are wild animals and their posing for photos with their trunk wrapped around tourists isn’t natural behaviour for them.

“It is stressful and demanding on the animals as they need to be constantly aware of what is being asked of them and follow orders,” Schmidt says.

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Zoos And Safari Parks

Zoos and Safari Parks can be called referred to as a number of different names, including Animal Parks, Wildlife Parks, and Farm Parks. They are businesses that hold animals captive for the public to view.

Animals – often wild animals – are imprisoned in unnatural environments where they are unable to roam for miles and perform natural behaviour. This causes them suffering in itself. No matter how much the establishment may claim they enrich their environments, it can never be to a good standard compared to the wild.

People think that wild animals in such places were born in captivity, but this is often not the case. Babies are stolen from their mothers in the wild. The babies families try to protect them and this can result in the injuring or death of the families. Even if the animal attractions believe they are purchasing animals bred in captivity, they are often actually buying wild animals stolen from the wild, provided by the black market.

The public think that if such places have excess animals that they wish to be relieved of, they send them to other attractions. This is often not the case. Even if they try to find attractions that can take the animal, they may not find any. Some do not even try. It is less effort and cheaper for them to simply shoot the excess animals away from public sight.

This was exposed as a regular occurrence at Knowsley Safari Park, in Merseyside in the UK. The park photographer, Penny Boyd, bravely took photographs of the dead animals as evidence and went on television to expose what went on out of public view at the park.

Image: Knowsely Safari Park, near Liverpool, UK

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She reported that not only were the animals shot, but that they had been shot by staff not trained for the task, causing the animals to die in agony after needing shot a number of times. The animal park denied it all and attempted to discredit her. She was very brave to blow the whistle on what was happening. As with most businesses, profit came first, before animals lives.

Image: Baboon killed by Knowsley safari Park, photographed by whistle blower Penny Boyd. Source

The zoo shot this animal for alleged 'agression' but have declined to answer questions about what this aggression was, or to whom, or how they managed to identify and shoot the particular individual amongst its group of over 100.

Knowsley Safari Park is owned by the Earl of Derby, and claims to be ‘especially concerned with the welfare of our animals’, as all businesses that exploit animals claim. The park has around 500,000 visitors each year.

General manager David Ross said ‘In a park with almost 800 animals, some such deaths are inevitable.’

The photographer, Miss Boyd, said she was horrified by the treatment of those which were no longer wanted.

‘One morning I heard a gunshot and looked out to see a beautiful antelope I’d known for years being downed,’ she recalled. ‘Another two shots were needed before it was dead.

‘That kind of job should only be done by experienced people.’

She said she found the scenes of excess animals that were killed soul destroying.

The photographer said that she accepted that at times culling of excess animals had to be done. This is the case in all animal tourist attractions when the animals are surplus to requirements. But she stated ‘It was despicable. I couldn’t carry on producing cute pictures to get Knowsley positive publicity knowing some of the animals might be culled and dumped to rot the next day.’

Despite these events, The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums last night said it had ‘full confidence’ in Knowsley Safari Park and praised its ‘excellent standards of animal husbandry and welfare’.

That just shows that these events are accepted as part and parcel of exploiting animals for profit.

Image: Culled deer, photograph taken by Penny Boyd.

CAPS has images showing these animals left for at least 5 days in April 2010

Whilst most animal tourism attractions manage to keep practices the public would not like quiet, South Lakes Safari Zoo (formerly South Lakes Wild Animal Park) in Cumbria, UK, is another case of it being exposed to the public.

South Lakes Safari Zoo sign

In 2017 , inspectors found that the adequate care of animals had been neglected to the point where more than 500 animals died in less than four years. The zoo was closed when millionaire founder David Gill was refused a new licence. The zoo was subsequently allowed to re-open under new management.

Image: Millionaire founder David Gill was blamed for high rate of deaths of of South Lakes Safari Zoo, which has 250,000 visitors a year.

founder of south lakes zoo david Gill

Poor management, emaciation and hypothermia were among the reasons for the mortality rate. An additional cause was enclosures being too full, causing trauma and infighting.

National campaigning charity the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) said that the injuries and illnesses endured by a wide range of species at the site over the four year period are some of the worst they have seen in 60 years.

Some animals were killed as a form of population control . Seven healthy lion cubs were killed at four days old because the safari zoo did not have room for them. In addition, 18 sacred ibis birds were shot by founder David Gill after he was threatened with prosecution for allowing the non-native species to fly free from the zoo.

An African spurred tortoise named Goliath was electrocuted when it became stuck in charged fencing, while the decomposed body of a squirrel monkey was discovered behind a radiator.

The Park lost two giraffes in the space of nine months with the first, a 13-day-old bull, dying of a gastrointestinal infection thought to be E coli.

A second, an eight-year-old male, was shot in July last year after it collapsed. The vet who carried out a post mortem on the animal raised concerns over the nutrition of the giraffe herd, as its bodily condition was found to be similar to others that had been unwell or died.

Image: Vets found dead giraffes at South Lakes Safari Zoo to be emaciated. This one was photographed with a bleeding ear wound by a visitor. 

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There was the sudden death of two snow leopards; Miska and Natasja, in October 2015 after they were discovered partially eaten in their enclosure. Their causes of death were never established.

A jaguar named Saka was euthanised after it chewed off its own paw.

A tiger responsible for the death of a keeper in 2013 was euthanised on the orders of zoo founder David Gill. Padang, a 14-year-old Sumatran tiger, was “culled” on March 22 last year – three years after its fatal attack on 24-year-old staff member Sarah McClay.

Alicia, a Sumatran tiger, was found dead in her enclosure just a few months later, after a member of the public reported seeing her choking. A post mortem report concluded she had eaten a piece of meat too large to be swallowed, causing a piece to be inhaled into her larynx.

Image: The zoo was also accused of covering up the death of a baby tiger. Source

staff were accused of covering up the death of a baby tiger

There have been a series of animal escapes, including a three tonne rhino which marauded the streets of Dalton in 1997 and was shot as a result.

Zoo inspectors felt that founder, David Gill, caused unnecessary suffering to animals. They concluded that animals kept in areas managed by site owner David Gill were beset with significant problems that had led directly to the deaths of a number of the “exhibits”.

Indiana, a three-year-old white rhino, died after being crushed against a barrier by another rhino.

Image: Indiana, the three year old white Rhino crushed to death at South Lakes Safari Park, as a baby.

white rhino crushed to death a South Lakes Dalton Zoo

The inspectors called deaths and injuries suffered by animals kept in the Tambopata aviary, tropical house and the old lemur houses  “appalling and shocking”

The inspectors stated “The conditions that these animals are being maintained in is, quite frankly, appalling and shocking, and has led directly to the death of a number of them.

The inspectors found the areas in question had too many animals for the enclosures available with non-compatible species sharing living space.

In one month alone, seven Parma Wallabies, a Spix’s Guan and a Lady Amherst’s Pheasant all died with one part time keeper, who was responsible for 170 animals. She admitted she was told to dispose of any further bodies and “not to tell anyone'”.

One wallaby kept in the area, which is now off show to the public, was found to have injuries to its tail consistent with being bitten by rats while still alive.

These are just some examples of the deaths that occurred. The inspectors said they believed Mr Gill showed a “callous disregard” for the welfare of the animals.

Image: A photo of an emaciated kangaroo was taken by a member of the public and included in the report. Source 

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Sadly, the above examples of zoos and animal parks causing suffering to animals are not exceptions to the rule. If the attraction is a business, then they put profits above animal welfare (despite what they say), and animal suffering occurs. People who go to these attractions fund the suffering.

Zoos or animal parks in certain countries in Asia have been known to kill animals such as tigers and sell their valuable parts to the Chinese Medicine market, if that is more profitable than keeping them.

Others have been  documented using surplus animals as live food for other animals.

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Tiger Temple

There was a 2 year investigation done by CWI (Care for the Wild International) that revealed disturbing animal abuse and tiger trafficking at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, one of Thailand’s premiere tourist destinations.

Cody & Giselle of Mindful Wanderlust decided to see for themselves.

“We witnessed an employee take a tourist by the wrist over to a tiger, and then proceed to scruff the tiger and splash a whole bottle of water in his/her face to wake them up. They were chained so close to the ground that they couldn’t properly stand up. In another area employees were dangling raw meat above the tigers to tease them.”

They continue “Tigers are also kicked, punched, and pulled into position by their tail which we witnessed. They are also controlled by having urine squirted in their face at close proximity. In the wild, tigers use urine as an aggressive or territorial signal. In a Tiger Temple, it is humans doing the squirting.”

Their article tells how the tigers are far from being able to roam free, and that they are chained and confined to a small cage for several hours a day. Adult tigers suffer from several behavioral and physical problems, including pacing back and forth and self mutilation. This may be due to not having their natural needs met, as well as suffering from abuse.

When visitors choose to take photos with the tigers for an extra fee, staff prop the tigers up on heavy concrete bowls and force them to keep a captivating pose. Tourists are then able to pet, sit, or lie on the tigers until they get that perfect shot.

“They are for human entertainment” they conclude.

Read more about their experience at The Tiger Temple, here.

Image: Drugged and chained tigers at the cruel Tiger Temple, Thailand. Source

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Part of the marketing for Tiger Temple implies that conservation is a part of their program and that their helping to encourage the re-population of tigers to the region. This is far from the truth. The Tiger Temple in recent years has been in the practice of breeding for international sale (especially to China) and the popularity of their attraction only adds to their success illegally selling tigers and tiger cubs.

These tiger temples/kingdoms have been said to even go so far as to remove the tigers claws and teeth, even the tendons in their wrists are clipped so they can’t swat or run with a lot of speed to ensure that tourists are not harmed when visiting.

These “sanctuaries” claim that they promote conservation and breeding of tigers, and aim to return them to the wild, yet most animals born in captivity would never be able to survive or fend for themselves if set free, so the Tiger Temple has no conservation value.

It is also thought that some of the tigers are sold to be used in canned hunts.

The Bangkok Post reported how the temple faces charges after 40 tiger cub carcasses were found in their freezers during a raid. Animals were subsequently removed from the temple.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) said the temple was “hell for animals” and called for tourists to stop visiting, and the WWF Thailand praised the move, saying “This week’s actions to remove the tigers are long overdue and we encourage the DNP to make the move permanent.”

Image: Just a small number of the dead cubs found in a raid at the Tiger Temple, Thailand. Source (Photo from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation) 

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SeaWorld And Other Ocean Aquatic Parks

Five of the orcas living at SeaWorld were stolen from their families in the wild. For example, Tilikum was a whale who was taken from his ocean home when he was only 2 years old. Families try to protect their young and fight to stop them being taken away. This can result in family members being injured, or even killed. The emotional grief they experience after their young is stolen is immense. Whales are highly intelligent and suffer terrible emotional trauma.

The only reason people steal orcas  from their families in the wild is because they know they can sell them to a company like SeaWorld for a lot of money. Tilikum has been trapped in a tank at Sea World, away from his whole family, for the past 30 years.

In 1965, the first-ever orca show at SeaWorld, San Diego, was performed by a whale named Shamu. When Shamu had been stolen from her family in the ocean, by a hunter named Ted Griffin. Ted Griffin killed Shamu’s mom right in front of her. Ted’s partner, Don Goldsberry, went on to hurt and kill many more orcas.

Image: Sea animals are stolen from the wild for ocean aquatic animal tourist attractions. Many Orcas as SeaWorld have been stolen from the wild. Source

Orcas at SeaWorld suffer terribly. They are stuck in a tiny pool for their entire lives, when whales and dolphins naturally travel up to 100 miles a day in the wild. Their instinct to travel far , and not being able to is very stressful and depressing for the orcas. It causes fights between the orcas, since they don’t have room to swim away from each other, or give each other space, as they would in the wild.

Orcas aren’t the only ones at SeaWorld who are in danger—the human trainers are, too. There are reports of more than 100 cases of orca aggression at SeaWorld parks, some of which have led to human injuries and even the death of a trainer.

The stress also hugely affects their lifespan. Orcas in the wild normally live between 30 and 50 years. Their maximum life span is between 60 and 70 years for males and between 80 and more than 100 for females. The average age of orcas who have died in captivity is only 13 years old.

In the wild, orcas spend 95 percent of their time deep down in the ocean to protect themselves from the sun. Since the orcas at SeaWorld live in shallow pools with chemical-filled water, they cannot hide from the sunlight. This means they get burned by the sun alot. This is very painful for them. Workers usually cover up the burns with black zinc oxide, as it is waterproof and matches the orcas’ skin. Although zinc oxide is also used as sunblock, it’s usually put on the orcas AFTER they are already burned, so the public will not see how hurt they are.

The stress caused to these animals also shows physically on the animals. Many of them have collapsed dorsal fins. SeaWorld likes to tell people that collapsed dorsal fins – fins that droop over instead of straight – are normal for all orcas. This is not true, as bent dorsal fins are hardly ever seen in the wild. 100% of adult male orcas in captivity have collapsed dorsal fins, while only 1 – 5 % of males in some populations in the wild have them.

Image: Orca with collapsed dorsal fin, caused by the stress of living in captivity. Source

The main purpose of the trainers at SeaWorld is to entertain the public. They have been told what to tell the public by SeaWorld itself, even if it is far from the truth.

SeaWorld has forcefully ripped many Mothers and babies away from each other so the baby can be sold to other aquatic parks for profit. The distraught mother and terrified baby in such cases pined for each other long after the baby has been shipped to its new home, often in a completely different country.

As with the vast majority of animal tourist attractions, the main priority is profit, and this means that animal welfare is not. Despite this, such attractions will always try to project a public image of helping animals.

A very good documentary film to watch to learn the truth about SeaWorld, is Black Fish:

 

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Sledding With Dogs

Sledding with dogs can be an attractive activity when on holiday.

As with other animal tourist attractions, sledding with dogs is a business where profits come first. This causes animals to become victims. as dogs are killed when demand for the business wanes. Caring for the dogs just eats into their profits, so they are disposed of, often inhumanely.

They are also often kept in inhumanely cold conditions and injuries can go untreated. If it is cheaper to kill the injured dog instead of pay for veterinary treatment and allowing the dog time to heal, then that is what is done. The same goes for if the dog is old and unable to keep up with the other sled dogs.

Find more information about sled dog cruelty, here.

Image: A sled dog on a chain with no water or proper bed. Source

The Circus

Wild animals that are used in circuses are put through the most  cruel and heartbreaking suffering. The animals do not WANT to peform, they do it out of fear of being caused more pain and misery if they do not. They have lost their will to fight against it through being constantly tortured if they resist.

See the cruelty humans force on these innocent animals here, and learn of the misery this causes the animals. Their misery only continues because people keep funding it by going to these circuses.

There are circuses now that  do not include wild animals and are instead focused on the skill and dare devil feats of humans.

Image: Circus elephants are made to endure persistent painful physical and psychological torture in order to break their will. Source

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Bull Fights

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Rodeos

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Festivals And Traditions Involving Animals

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Cruel Airlines and Ferry Companies

Due to animal rights activists bombarding them with emails, phone calls and letters, a number of airlines and ferry companies continue to transport primates for use in vivisection.

Some primates are trapped in the wild and cruelly ripped away from their family groups, whilst others are bred in captivity and confined on large-scale farms. During their shipment to laboratories, these individuals suffer greatly, and some die. Some have to be put to death on arrival after suffering illness brought on by the stress and conditions of being shipped.

The primates are shipped all over the world, kept in very cramped conditions with poor ventilation in wildly fluctuating temperatures for many hours.

The ones that survive the ordeal have a life of misery and torture ahead of them, being experimented on in an animal research lab. This is their life until they die from this torture, or are put to death because they are “spent” and no longer of any use to the lab.

Image: “Spent” animal research primates used and abused. Source

Refusing to use airlines who continue to transport animals for this cruel industry, and letting them know why you will not use them, will hit their profits and therefore help the fight against animal cruelty.

Many airline and ferry companies have decided to no longer carry animals destined for medical research. Here, you can find out which airlines do and do not transport lab animals, and what you can do to help stop the remaining ones that  do.

Image: Lab animals used for experimentation, shipped by cruel airline and ferry companies. Source

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How To Avoid Supporting Cruel Attractions

If you would like to visit and support ethical animal rescues and sanctuaries, rather than funding animal suffering, you can find out how to, here.

There is lots of useful information, advice, and links to sites that are of use.

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Ways To Help Stop Animal Cruelty And Suffering

If you would like to learn of numerous different ways you can help stop animal cruelty, you can in this section of the site.  You will find a large and varied choice of ways to help,  just have a look and see which ways take your fancy.

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please have a look at the Types Of Animal Cruelty section of this site. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of animal abuse that happens in the world.

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