Tourists Can’t Tell If an Attraction Is Bad for Animals

A new study ranks wildlife tourist attractions around the world based on how they treat their animals and whether they help save species.

Not surprisingly, animal sanctuaries received positive scores for both animal welfare and conservation. Street performances—dancing macaques and snake charming, for example—received negative scores on both.

Swim-with-the-dolphin interactions, elephant rides, shark cage diving, and crocodile, sea turtle, and bear bile farms get the highest number of visitors each year (more than 500,000 visitors), and they all have negative impacts on animal welfare.

Source: Tourists Can’t Tell If an Attraction Is Bad for Animals

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