I had the displeasure of visiting a local “Wild Animal Safari” this morning as part of a “tourism” day with our local chamber of commerce. Now, please don’t get too excited, I do not live in Africa. I live in Georgia. The one in the United States. With the peanuts and the peaches.
I was deeply disturbed by what I saw there. I won’t go into details, but suffice it to say that by the parent company’s own admission – this is a profit making place. No conservation, no education, and certainly no ethical treatment of the animals. I’m not a card carrying member of PETA (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but I cannot understand the need to exploit a being for the sheer profit and pleasure of it.
So my question is this…when you travel, do you include options on your itinerary that have few, if any, redeeming qualities?
I mean, even a water park is an example in conserving and recycling water and promotes physical fitness!