Be a responsible tourist

Be a responsible tourist

By Jezebel Handel

When choosing a vacation destination, many people choose places that allow them to be in contact with nature thanks to the peace and well-being that it offers us. By opting for this option, it will be possible to establish contact or sight various wild animals in their own habitat. However, we could also find others outside their natural environment to subject them to painful practices in exchange for financial gain.

It happens that many tourists love animals, but without knowing it, they decide to hire services that hide abuse and cruelty.

Within the tourist industry, we can find chained tigers to be photographed (visit, the abuse of animals for entertainment functions, such as dolphins used in aquariums or orangutans for boxing shows (see case in or snakes exposed as merchandise.

It is important that we are all aware of these practices. Without a doubt, it is beautiful to swim with a dolphin, ride an elephant or touch a newborn tiger, but are these natural behaviors of animals or are they the result of something that goes against their freedom?

If we think about the multiplier effect that these practices have, we will see that thousands of animals are exposed to acts that go against their welfare. The positive side is that we, as tourists, can generate a change. To achieve this, it is important to:

  • Do not disturb the natural habitat of the animals.
  • Do not consume services that endanger their lives.
  • Do not hire excursions or shows that stress the animal (such as swimming with dolphins, riding elephants, photographing yourself with chained animals or that have been removed from their natural space, presentations in circuses).
  • Seeking responsible tourism excursions, such as sighting, that do not involve removing the animal from its natural and familiar environment.

It is important that we are all responsible, because the welfare of animals depends on our choices and actions. We must be informed, spread the message among our relatives and explain to them why it is not good to encourage these practices, which although they are very common, they only destroy wildlife and the ecosystem.

To know how to be a responsible tourist, know this guide with tips and recommendations.

Video: Gr 12 Tourism Responsible Tourism (June 2021).