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Iconic wild animals suffering for selfies



Ground-breaking report reveals the exploitation of wild animals as photo props for travel selfies across Latin America

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The explosive selfie trend on social media is driving the suffering and exploitation for some of the world's most iconic animals in the Amazon, says international charity, World Animal Protection.

Focusing on two cities of the Amazon: Manaus, Brazil and Puerto Alegria, Peru, the charity's investigators reveal that animals are taken from the wild - often illegally - and used by irresponsible tour operators who exploit and injure wildlife to entertain and provide harmful photo opportunities for tourists.

In public view and behind the scenes, investigators uncovered evidence of cruelty being inflicted on wild animals, including:

Josey Kitson, Executive Director at World Animal Protection says:
"A once-in-a-lifetime selfie can mean a lifetime of misery for a wild animal. Canadian tourists care about animals and most aren't aware of the cruel industry they are fueling.

"Behind the lens, animals are being snatched from the wild and abused. Some of the species involved are threatened by extinction and many are protected by law. We are calling on relevant governments to enforce the laws and travel companies and tourists to abide by them."

The charity partnered with Grassriots, a Canadian-based digital agency to provide cutting edge research on the prevalence and trends around wildlife selfies.  The results show:

With this research, World Animal Protection is also launching a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photo with wild animals without fueling the cruel wildlife entertainment industry.

Join the movement to end this cruel industry by signing The Selfie Code and commit to keeping wild animals in the wild, where they belong.

Notes to the editor:

SOURCE World Animal Protection


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