Unless I am a hundred percent sure that the animals people use for tourism are being taken well care of, I will not put any of those 'exotic' adventures in my itinerary. Just recently, Sambo, an elephant used to transport tourists died of heart attack in Angkor Wat from being overworked.
Very sad to hear about the death of Sambo, the elephant that collapsed at Angkor Wat https://t.co/qDmZ1s9QKg pic.twitter.com/5z1oOXu8vD— Animal Protection UK (@MoveTheWorldUK) April 26, 2016
PETA said in a post, "Reports say that Sambo was being forced to ferry tourists to the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees, and there was not even so much as a breeze to cool her. Overworked and overheated, she succumbed to the punishing conditions and is believed to have suffered a heart attack. She collapsed beside a road and died, and passersby reportedly wept over her body."
The worse part is the fact that when animals are not being used for tourism, they are chained as if they are criminals in prison. The tigers used for selfies are beaten down just to be still. You are not doing them a favor when you feed them milk. They have mothers to do that for them. You may look like the adventurous girl to others when you are pictured beside a wild animal such as elephants, but to me, you look like the person who adds hell to their lives on earth.
I have been to Okunoshima Island in Japan wherein tourists went to see thousands of rabbits dwelling in there. But, the rabbits in the island are free to roam around, get food for themselves and live with the nature. Nobody is putting pressure on them. They are just there - thousands of them. We did feed them, but they came near us wholeheartedly - no beatings needed for them to sit still.
Choose which kinds of tourist spots you delve into. Do not give into the notion that you need to ride elephants when you visit Angkor Wat or you need to pet tigers in Thailand or Africa. Islam suggested that we travel to awe ourselves of the generosity of the Almighty. But we are not allowed to abuse other creations just to make ourselves look good in this world.
So please! Let us be responsible travelers. Crash out those items in your itinerary and bucket lists that include animal abuse.