Think Twice Before Your Next Holiday Selfie!


“If you can hug it, ride it, or take a selfie with it in a close encounter, chances are that animal has been suffering and been subject to cruelty” – Nicole Beynon, WAP head of campaigns told the ABC.

So now that we’ve established that there is something cruel going on behind the scenes of these animal attractions, it’s time for us to ask you a question: are you actually funding the problem?

We’re not trying to point fingers. But we do want you to have a long, hard think about that time you might have paid to go and see an animal show. Yes, that includes the elephant show in Thailand you saw that one time on your holiday. Sorry to say, but your hard earned Aussie cash most likely went to hurting the poor animal.

There’s absolutely no judgment here – we’re just trying to spread the information. After all, many visitors of these animal attractions do so because of reviews and ratings they’ve seen online, for example on TripAdvisor. This billion dollar company’s influence over the tourism industry is insane, just Google “things to do in [insert country here]” and you’ll immediately stumble across it. However, it continues to promote and sell tickets (via their subsidiary, Viator) to some of the world’s cruelest wildlife entertainment attractions.

World Animal Protection have set up a petition to call for TripAdvisor to stop the promoting these attractions through their ticket sales and popularity indexes, and introduce a program to help travellers make more informed choices.

Since WAP released their findings on harmful animal tourism, over 100 travel companies worldwide have agreed to stop offering tours to venues with elephant rides and shows. This includes several Australian companies such as Adventure Tours Australia, APT and Intrepid Travel (hats off to you guys!).

So next time you’re trying to think of what to do on your next holiday, we’re begging you to stay off TripAdvisor and search a little bit deeper on Google for some friendly, ethical fun!

Do your research and you’ll be doing no harm, to humans as well as animals.


The Terrible Truth About Animal Attractions

550,000. That’s how many animals are suffering around the world in tourist attractions at this very moment. But the scary thing isn’t just that these defenceless animals are being mistreated and abused, it’s also the fact that we, as tourists, as people even, don’t seem to question what goes in to ‘train’ and ‘tame’ a wild animal enough to allow us to ride them, hold them, or take a photo with them.

All too often, we turn a blind eye on issues that aren’t standing right in front us. We might see an elephant, saddled up and seemingly ready to be ridden. What we don’t seem to think about is: how did it get there? World Animal Protection reported that 80% of tourists are unaware of the cruelty involved behind the scenes of wildlife venues.

Question what's in front of you

(Image taken from ABC News)

Animals are not actors, and do not deserve to be imprisoned and made a spectacle for human entertainment. Unfortunately, thousands of these animals are forced to perform tricks for audiences, are kept chained or caged in unhygienic and barren enclosures, are often separated from their family and friends, and, as PETA states, many of these animals even pay with their lives. All this suffering endured by animals, often for the sake of a photo for selfish purposes.

September is World Animal Remembrance Month. So here at Fatal Animal Attractions, we’re taking the time to delve deeper into the harsh reality facing animals in the tourism industry. It’s a time to respect and acknowledge animal victims of abuse, cruelty and neglect.

Instead of asking ‘why is this happening’, we’re choosing to focus on ‘stop this from happening’ by educating you and keeping you well informed about what your hard earned money is actually supporting when you visit these animal attractions overseas.

We’re asking you to put aside your desire for a ‘cool’ photo that will get likes from your friends, and instead, put the life of the animal at the forefront of your mind.