Wildlife Tourism – Making Ecotourism Work for Wildlife

Many tourism itineraries include opportunities to visit animal facilities or participate in wildlife experiences, which claim to provide a conservation benefit. While there are undoubtedly abundant opportunities for tourists to make positive contributions to wildlife conservation through the activities in which they engage and the facilities they visit there are sadly all too many instances…

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Con-Conservation?

Ecotourism and misleading marketing Many tourism itineraries include opportunities to visit animal facilities or participate in wildlife experiences, which claim to provide a conservation benefit. While there are undoubtedly abundant opportunities for tourists to make positive contributions to wildlife conservation through the activities in which they engage and the facilities they visit, there are sadly all…

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Rodeo

Rodeo events are marketed as a slice of exhilarating “wild west” entertainment. But, there is considerable animal cruelty behind this veneer of respectability. Proponents of rodeo believe it to be steeped in tradition, and claim that the welfare of the animals involved is a key consideration. However certain rodeo events, such as Calf Roping, have…

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Horse Fighting

Horse fighting is the pitting of two horses in a combat fight. Horse fighting usually takes place at specialised tournaments, sometimes involving dozens of horses. Horse Fighting is an ancient spectacle, but it has survived in a modern form in a very small number of places including in parts of China. Horses are not normally…

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Gamebird Shooting

The shooting industry aims to present itself as natural and organic. However there is growing moral condemnation of shooting for sport, and increasing public criticism of the suffering inflicted on gamebirds and other animals. The shooting of live birds for sport is big business and takes place in many countries around the world, being most…

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Game Hunting

Trophy or sport hunters often claim they provide an important service and source of income for conservation. But game hunting can be very damaging to wild populations, as well as causing significant suffering. Game or trophy hunting is big business in many parts of the world. It has long been promoted as a means of…

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Dog Fighting

Dog fighting is a blood sport which has been practised in countries across the world for many centuries. It is now widely banned, but continues to take place, often in connection with the criminal underworld. Dog fighting appears to have taken place for thousands of years, and was popular throughout Roman times, through the Middle…

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Cock Fighting

Cock-fighting is an ancient blood sport which is still practised as a mainstream event in many parts of the world. However, it is increasingly subject to heavy regulation and has also been banned in many countries. Cock-fighting is a blood sport in which two roosters (cocks) are made to fight each other in a ring…

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Canned Hunting

Canned hunting is a form of trophy hunting in which hunters pursue animals in a confined area. The animals have little to no chance of escape and are sometimes shot at point blank range by hunters. Canned hunting takes place in a number of countries across the world, including the USA and South Africa, but…

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Bullfighting

Proponents of bullfighting claim that it is an art form, a centuries-old tradition and an integral part of Hispanic culture. In reality, bullfighting is a cruel bloodsport in which thousands of animals are tortured and killed each year. Bullfighting is a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, southern France and parts of South America. The bull…

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