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“A captive wild animal can never truly experience a life free from suffering
and cruelty. No matter how well they are looked after in captivity, only in
their wild environment can all the animals’ needs be fully met.

When you see a captive wild animal on your holiday, often you can’t see
the cruelty. It’s hidden from view. Whether taken from the wild or bred
in captivity, all captive wild animals have their own stories of pain and
suffering. Here’s just one example.

Elephants used in entertainment can appear to be well looked after, but
the reality can be very different. Where they’ve come from and how they
got there is a terrible journey that most holidaymakers aren’t aware of.

Young elephants are valued much more than older ones, so they become
the targets of poachers. They’re easier to catch, transport and train. In the
wild, these adolescent elephants are trapped in pits, crudely-dug holes
from which they can’t escape. Equally traumatic, many elephant calves are
bred and born into captivity – never to experience a life without pain and

Ripped from their families and transported to their destinations, terribly cruel
training awaits. Rods with spikes, chains, ropes, and “the crush”. And this
is just the beginning. This elephant will now be forced to entertain tourists
with its free time spent socially isolated and physically restrained for the rest
of its life. And as long as the demand remains for this kind of tourism, so
will the cruelty.

By being aware of the impact your decisions can have, you’re taking the
first step to ending the cruel exploitation of wildlife.”

Excerpt from Your guide to being animal friendly on holiday.


8 thoughts on “Wild Animals Belong In The Wild – Your guide to being animal friendly on holiday.

  1. man’s heart can be so dark and he thinks he is God of all life.
    So wrong

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    1. Ronnie says:

      Man’s arrogance and superiority.

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      1. I can’t wait for man to get what is due him by his actions towards animals. I don’t seek revenge so much as seeking for them to feel what they have selfishly done.

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  2. “A captive wild animal can never truly experience a life free from suffering
    and cruelty. No matter how well they are looked after in captivity, only in
    their wild environment can all the animals’ needs be fully met.”

    And just how do animals avoid suffering and cruelty in the wild? They don’t. They’re overloaded with parasites, preyed on by predators, subject to disease, injury, and famine, and have to deal with sexual and territorial competition. Captive animals when well-treated are spared many of these things. Of course the point of the article is the fact they are *not well-treated too often. But there is a bigger question which mustn’t be begged.

    We have the power to protect the animals in our care from a great deal if we don’t substitute one set of evils for another by our own selfishness. Many captive animals live longer and with better health in captivity than in the wild. Cetaceans are a notable exception; if there is one set of creatures which really do need freedom, it is surely they. No matter how well we treat them, we can’t give them the wild open spaces of the ocean and apparently that shortens their lives all by itself.

    It’s true enough that we can’t meet all the wild animals’ needs. What I object to, as a matter of simple fact, is the claim that meeting their needs as wild creatures is one and the same as freeing them from suffering and cruelty. It is not. They live in a cursed world, as much as human beings do, and we don’t avoid suffering and cruelty just because we’re self-actualized either.

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    1. Ronnie says:

      Captive humans are spared a lot of the problems from the outside world. Given the choice they would choose the outside world.

      People who cite good points about animals in captivity are usually people who have never experienced captivity.

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      1. I agree. I think I stated something similar. It is easy to believe in captivity they have greater advantages, but their spirit is dampened and crushed. And that will affect the whole being. And much is not right about the captive living situation they are in. I have had to come to see that choice even with my cat. I’ve always had more than one cat. And they never were allowed outside. Now I have one cat and for the hours I can be gone often she gets depressed angry where she will nip at me and get anxious when I am leaving. I had to go against my rule of her not being allowed to go out for a few hours at night. I feared she’d get hurt. I feared I could lose her. But seeing her at my living room window nose to nose with her orange tabby friend on the other side of the glass, broke my heart. She cry at him. Try to climb the window to get to him. I was making herife worse by making her captive. I realized that her life might be shorter going outside for few hours a day, but her quality of life will suffer if I keep her from a life she desperately wanted. So I see her outside on my patio and her and Gandalf the orange taby chasing each other and exploring. I still fear for her because of possible dangers. But I have accepted that the quality if her Life is valued more by her and I both.
        I know what John is saying. It is years of studing all these things that make me know that captivity unless because of near extinction, poaching abuse, are the only exceptions to protecting them in captivity. But it is only in sanctuaries where the quality if their life is really better in a captive situation.
        Mans behavior needs to change instead of making animals fit into a situation for man’s convenience

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        1. Ronnie says:

          If my survival depended on being a prisoner – no contest. Freedom and die.

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          1. Yes me too


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