@Regranned from @standforearth - ;
Planning your 2018 summer vacation? Want to travel across the world and try new activities? Here are some activities to avoid that exploit or abuse animals (abducting them from the wild, teaching them through physical abuse & keeping them chained up) that you can tell your family and friends about.
| Elephant Rides
In order to make elephants submit to elephant rides and other human interactions, they are taken from their mothers when babies and forced through a horrific training process known as ‘the crush’. It involves physical restraints, inflicting severe pain and withholding food and water, breaking the spirit of the animal so it submits to human instruction. There are some places you can find that do not do this.
| Animal Selfies
Baby animals especially tigers and sloths are separated from their mothers at an early age so they can be used as photo props. They are handled and hugged by tourists and typically kept chained-up, or in small barren cages, or drugged to be still for photographs.
| Performing Dolphins
Millions of tourists visit dolphinaria, but they are unaware of the cruelty and abuses the dolphins endure to perform in shows. Whilst it is banned in countries like the US, many performing dolphins around the world are still captured in the wild. They are often chased by high-speed boats before being hauled on board or caught in nets. For many, the stress is too much to take and they die during transportation. Whether wild caught or captive bred, dolphins in dolphinaria face a lifetime of suffering. They spend their entire lives in a space not much bigger than a swimming pool – completely unnatural and restrictive compared to their natural open sea environment.
These are some of the activities you can avoid to make 2018 a better year for these animals and a more enjoyable holiday for you knowing there is no cruelty involved. Information via World Animal Protection.
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Why do we keep pets?
A cross-cultural analysis of 60 countries found that 52 of them kept pets, but were only considered companions, or pets, in 22 of them.
Some cultures that keep animals treat them cruelly, as some anthropologists observed in a tribe in New Guinea. Meanwhile, the Kiembu tribe in Kenya only keep dogs for protection. They do not even have a word for "pet" in their language, and their dogs are never cuddled or allowed inside. In some other countries cats and dogs as family members can sky-rocket in popularity and can fall just as fast, so when you get these fads in breed popularity it takes about 25 years. They become hot or not, just like sneakers become hot or not.
These differences show that pet-keeping is purely cultural. In other words, pet-keeping is a meme, a trend that is continually reinforced by its own popularity.
Interesting hey? .