Oath To Boycott Animal Tourism
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World Animal Protection believes at least 550,000 wild animals are suffering at the hands of irresponsible tourist attractions around the world. It is also estimated that about 110 million people visit wildlife tourist attractions each year and mostly commonly they are unaware of the animal abuse involved.
An investigation by the Thai Government on the Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua Temple in Kanchanabure and lead to 137 tigers being taken from the sanctuary on June 1, 2016. During this seize, the wildlife department in charge made a frightening discovery: 60 frozen and bottled tiger cub carcasses and pelts.
Tigers aren't the only animals being abused, it is estimated that almost 80 percent of about 3,000 elephants at tourist venues in Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand endure poor living conditions and diets and are overworked, the non-profit said in a report.
After studying the anatomy of elephants, it was found that their spines were never built to take the weight of carrying people and despite their size, the extra weight applied to their spines lead to daily skin and tissue damage. In some serious cases in which elephants are forced to carry extra weight all day without the chance to rest has lead to permanent spinal injuries and becoming crippled.
Wild animals are capture illegally and then sold on the black market or in wildlife markets alongside domestic animals. The majority of these animals don't even end up being sold as they have died while in captivity due to malnourishment and dehydration.
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