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Animal abuse for tourism is happening now, right on our doorstep

#RuthlessTourism

From festivals, to zoos, circuses or for selfies, across Europe animals are suffering for our entertainment.

Few tourists are aware, however, that these animals have not adapted to be around humans, but are usually sedated or psychologically ‘beaten’ down to the point of submission. They go back to small cages, where they spend the rest of their lives, with no access to proper food, nature or even light. 

This is their true story. 

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Animal abuse for tourism is happening now, right on our doorstep.

Spain

Tigress Noa

For 150 euros, tourists can now 'rent' Noa for an hour, walk her on a leash, pet her and take selfies.

GERMANY

Elephant Riding

For just five euros you ride on an elephant’s back in Germany. They can be ridden, as well as fed, washed and taken for a walk. If the elephants are not booked, they perform tricks in the circus or pull visitors on sledges in the winter. 

czech republic

Circus shows are endlessly cruel!

Looking visibly weak, the animals in this Czech Republic circus are made to perform tricks such as jumping over hurdles, running around the ring, standing up and posing, and spinning on small platforms. 

Centuries of captivity!

Bears have been kept in this moat in the Czech Republic since 1707. The enclosures don’t resemble their natural habitat, and the wild animals deserve better than being kept as a fun visitor experience!

france

Wild animals-shows at Medieval festivals are brutal and unnecessary!

The owner believes these shows are educational and that the animals choose to perform, but the reality looks much different.

This venue in France offers interactions and shows with animals!

Kept in a cage for life, these animals are deprived of their natural social structure and habitats. Because of this, often animals are seen rocking back and forth or pacing. These are signs of psychological trauma.

Travelers animal alert

If you see tour operators, attractions, or organisations violating the rights of animals or abusing an animal’s welfare, let us know at wildlife-tourism@four-paws.org.

#RuthlessTourism