Understanding wildlife visits

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Swimming with dolphins in Cuba

The attraction of a safari, a trip in a boat to watch dolphins or whales or a walk through the wilderness has become increasingly popular. Many are aware of the damage that can be cause for example to manatees in Florida by the propeller of a boat but how can you be sure that your visit isn’t just adding to problems?
Care for the Wild, a charity based in Sussex dedicated to the protection of wildlife in the UK and abroad, has come up with a solution. They have set up RIGHT-tourism which stands for Responsible, Informed, Guilt-Free and Humane Tourism which gives factual information on animal-related tourist attractions in every country of the world. Visitors wanting to get it ‘RIGHT’ when watching, touching, riding on or photographing animals while on holiday can check the website where they can check the facts before they travel. The website also gives country-specific advice for every nation in the world regarding the best places to interact with wildlife – and how not to harm it.
Philip Mansbridge, CEO of Care for the Wild, said, “We set up RIGHT-tourism because literally millions of animals are involved in the tourist trade, one way or another, but many have little or no protection. It could be a donkey carrying tourists up a Spanish hill, a dolphin being harassed by motor boats, or a monkey being used for cute photos in Morocco. Some animal abuse is obvious but it’s not always that easy: it might not occur to someone that swimming with a dolphin could be doing it harm, or that stroking a lion cub may be condemning it to death. RIGHT-tourism aims to give people factual information so they can make their own decisions as to what they want to do.”

The website is www.RIGHT-tourism.org

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