Adventurous tourists and animal lovers may want to get close to exotic animals such as riding an elephant or visiting and taking photos of tigers in captivity. But by doing so, you can inadvertently encourage practices that cause abuse and suffering to the animals. Choose an operator or experience that has a protective animal tourism policy and carefully evaluate the options they offer. You can start by visiting TourismConcern’s Ethical Travel Guide listing for groups to work with. In addition, many destinations have responsible animal sanctuaries that can be a better option than a wildlife tour.
Souvenirs made from animals, such as fur, ivory, rhino horn and turtle shell products may be exotic and unique but many countries prohibit the purchase and transfer of animal products. To avoid confiscation, fines and possibly imprisonment by government authorities, it is best to avoid purchasing animal souvenirs when traveling.
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