So you may have read my rant about the direction Instagram is taking(in my opinion) and how I believe Instagram has zapped people of creativity and individuality in their quest for being liked and followed. We can argue that there are many people true to themselves and just how creative are, let’s leave that argument for another time for a moment or take it to that post I published. In this post, I wanted to discuss something else that has been bothering me. There are a couple of tourist activities that seriously make me cringe. We are in an age where almost everyone has The Internet. Certainly true for those that travel, otherwise how are they booking their tickets to travel. Those are the people this post is targeting. It’s no longer an excuse to play the ignorant card. When I travel I research where I am going, the activities I want to do in the city I am visiting and all sorts of things. With that, I also love at reviews about what people think of those activities. Which ones are good, which are just a waste of my money, which ones are free? So with all that is involved in planning travel people cannot just pretend not know what why they shouldn’t be participating in certain activities.
We all see these posts in Facebook groups where people are posting pictures riding on elephants, selfies with tigers or throwing live squid down their throats. Almost with a total disregard for the suffering of these animals. Have we become so self-absorbed, and numb to the suffering of others and animals that we take these pictures for the sake of Instagram shots and Facebook profile pictures that we no longer care or want to address the cruelty these animals have to endure just so you can post a “cool shot” for your social media? I also notice that the more people post these pictures the more people want to do them because “hey that would look cool on my *insert social media outlet*”.
Please share in your comments on what you think about these or if you thought you were going to a sanctuary and it then turned out to be a place that was mistreating animals. Also, share below any other activities you think alt to be on this list.
1. Elephant Rides
2. Eye of The Tiger Selfies(Or pictures with lions)
|Credit: Armin Roder
3. Eating Live Animals
4. Tours of Slums
5. Animal Hunting Tours