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FOUR PAWS Welcomes Botswana's Ban on Elephant Rides


In the midst of the tourist season when hundreds of visitors to Southern Africa want to experience elephant back riding as one of their “once in a lifetime” events, the Botswana government announced that from the end of this month, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana.

 

Fiona Miles, Country Director of FOUR PAWS South Africa welcomes this decision and explains:” We are opposed to the removal from the wild of any animals which will be utilized for human entertainment.  Tourists may think that riding an elephant on holiday does not cause harm, but what seems like a “bucket list” event for the tourist means a life time of misery for the elephant.”

 

Miles continues, “In tourism, the freedom of normal animal behavior is often overlooked.  Whether it is riding elephants, taking selfies with cheetahs, petting lion cubs, tourists don’t realize that these activities can cause lifelong suffering for wild animals.”

 

Read the news here: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/botswana-bans-elephant-back-rides-7178715

http://traveller24.news24.com/Explore/Green/botswana-bans-elephant-back-rides-20161215


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