Costa Rica urges tourists not to take wildlife selfies

Date: 
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Source: 
World Animal Protection

When not done properly, taking selfies with wild animals can be cruel. Many people aren’t aware of the suffering their selfies can cause, so we’re supporting the Costa Rica government’s campaign to encourage responsible tourism.

Costa Rica is home to more than 5% of the known biodiversity in the world. Every year, millions of tourists from all over the world visit Costa Rica to admire the impressive wildlife – such as sloths, macaws, monkeys and much more – that this small country is home to.

A close up on cruelty

In 2017 we published a report, A close up on cruelty, which ranked Costa Rica as the seventh worst country for selfies with wild animals, meaning a lot of people are taking wildlife selfies there.

Our report also found that there’s been a 292% increase in the number of wildlife selfies uploaded to Instagram between 2014 and 2017.

More than 40% of these are ‘bad selfies’ which picture someone hugging, holding or inappropriately interacting with a wild animal.

...follow the link to read the article in full on the World Animal Protection website...