At captive wildlife attractions, it is not uncommon to find animals kept in poor conditions. Animals suffer when their physical, behavioural and emotional needs are compromised.
At some attractions, animals are also used in circus-style shows, being made to perform unnatural acts. While this may be considered, by some, entertaining, it has no value to education or conservation. It can also be extremely detrimental to the animals’ health and mental state.
Animals attractions also pose a threat to tourists. There have been several recorded accidents and animal attacks, some fatal, during elephant rides, animal performances and photo sessions. Many tourists are also unaware of the risk of disease transmission created by direct contact with wild animals.
Many captive wildlife attractions around the world do not adhere to minimum standards and guidelines for animal care and human safety set by organizations such as the World Association for Zoos and Aquariums.