So many travellers crave animal interactions while wandering the world, and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t. I myself found time to see and interact with tigers, elephants, lions and cheetah’s while on my travels. However, it wasn’t until I got ho,e that I started to see the wider picture. I still like to think my time with the lions and cheetah’s in South Africa was legit, but I know for sure that the tigers and elephants in Thailand were not.
But it wasn’t until I got home that I started to see the wider picture. I still like to think my time with the lions and cheetah’s in South Africa was legit, but I know for sure that the tigers and elephants in Thailand were not.
I’ll get around to writing my experiences soon, but in the meantime, Kym from travel blog 33 and Free has submitted this great collaboration work. In it, she shares her feeling to animal tourism and has worked amazingly with other bloggers to create a great collaboration about interacting with elephants as you travel. I’ll let her explain further.
“It used to be every persons dream. Ride and elephant. If you couldn’t make it to SE Asia, it meant a local festival or riding zoo. When my husband and I finally booked our Thailand trip, I was ready to look for something like that. I love elephants and I wanted to ride, interact and care for them.”
We live in the 21st century, lying about the way animals are kept is not going to be an option for much longer. As travellers are becoming more eco-aware and waking up to the impact that travelling can have, both on the environment around us and the species that are affected. Kym continues:
“I have always been an animal rights advocate, but somehow never knew the terrible torture and atrocities these animals endure for someone to ride them. I was heart broken in Thailand and knew that it was my mission to educate. I did a collaboration piece with other travel bloggers about ethical elephant tours in SE Asia, as I missed it. I hope you read and understand that while it might be a dream, change it to just interacting or viewing.”
Read the full collaboration blog here and find out more about the places that truly care for their animals: The truth about elephants in Thailand
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