Now that you have been congratulated, it’s time for some introspection. If you look at the instances of tourism-related animal cruelty cases that have become so frequent these days, you will realise that most of us are so entitled that we put nothing above our selfish interests.
Let us look at some of the heartbreaking instances of how tourism has affected animals all over the world, and in most cases, resulted in their death.
1. A polar bear was killed by cruise employees at an Arctic archipelago when they encroached its habitat.
In what was said to be an ‘act of self-defence’, the polar bear was shot dead after it attacked a guard from a cruise ship that had landed on the northernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago- between mainland Norway and the North Pole that is known for glaciers, reindeers and polar bears.
This evoked a huge reaction on social media with people asking why did these guys go so near to the polar bears! They are animals, after all. They will attack if they feel threatened.
2. Donkeys in Santorini getting crippled by the weight of tourists travelling on their backs.
Greek island Santorini witnesses a rise in tourism between May and October. This also results in an increased demand for donkeys who carry people and things up the steep hills to places which are not accessible by vehicles.
As you can imagine, this takes a toll on their health and wellness. The animals are forced to carry weight much heavier than they should, which leaves them with spinal injuries and open wounds that are often neglected by owners
Date: 01 Aug 2018