Responsible tourism

Do not finance animal exploitation for tourism

The proposal for conscious tourism is to make tourists understand and practice environmental preservation, proposing to care for nature and respect fauna and flora in addition to respecting the local communities that live in the area.
To avoid making a mistake on your next trip, we highlight 3 fundamental attitudes here for you to be a conscious tourist in relation to animals and for this awareness to last for your upcoming tourism experiences:

1. What is animal tourism?

The animal tourism industry makes use of animals for human leisure practices, with the sole objective of making a profit. In most cases, the tourist’s intention is positive and motivated by feelings of admiration for the animals. However, the suffering involved in the training is hidden from tourists. The difference between animal tourism and wildlife observation tourism is that, in the latter, the observation of local fauna is carried out within the animals’ natural habitat without harming their integrity and freedom.

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2. Find out in advance about tourist programs involving animals

The animal tourism industry only exists because people are still willing to consume this type of entertainment. Do some prior research on the possible attractions that involve animals and make sure it is legitimate.
By saying no to these attractions, you contribute to maintaining biodiversity and reducing the abuse and trafficking of animals.

3. Make conscious selfies

This apparently harmless action that lasts a few seconds and is quickly posted among followers is something that deserves further reflection, especially when such a selfie is “decorated” with wild animals. This niche in adventurous tourism involving animals even has a name, the “selfie business”.

Selfies with wild fauna that are considered “bad selfies” are those in which a person has some inappropriate interaction with an animal, whether hugging, kissing or holding them. Who has never come across an image of someone next to an apparently tame tiger or an innocent moment with a dolphin captured on photo? These supposedly happy moments hide a perverse truth: the cruel treatment of these animals that are forcibly removed from nature by people who use them as focal points of objectification, aiming only at the profit that comes with these selfies.

Tourists, a guide, and a sting ray at Sting Ray City. Cayman Islands, 2007.

Tour Agents

Tour agents and hotels play an essential part in the experience of tourists during a trip.

In order to create greater awareness in the national tourism sector when it comes to animal and environmental issues, Alianima is developing partnerships with tour agents and hotels from all over Brazil, to inform them and make them offer only ethical activities involving animals.

If you are a tourism agent and want to understand more about this project, contact us!

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