When a safari is really a zoo

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!

Are ya coming with me?

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