Tourists Kill More Exotic Animals for Selfies, But It’s No Different From A Burger Selfie
What won’t we do for a good selfie?
Inquisitr reports that tourists are killing more than just dolphins in an attempt to capture photos of themselves with wild animals. Even after reporting that selfies are causing more deaths than shark attacks this year, there’s no stopping these selfish travellers.
They share news about the death of a peacock plucked of it’s feathers in a zoo, of a shark finding a similar beach-logged fate to the passed around dolphin, and of lion cubs that are featured photo exhibits before being poached. Once again, exotic animals are given an empathy hierarchy in the media, as opposed to animals we’re killing selfishly in our own backyards.
With many organizations taking the time to remind people that killing an animal for Instagram likes is pretty pathetic, they forget that taking a photo of your steak while eating on vacation is basically the same thing. In fact, food tourism is a huge industry, with people leaping at the chance to try meats that aren’t available in their hometowns. Liking someone’s selfie mid-bite on a big, beefy burger is the same thing as liking one of these harmful exotic animal pics. This is something I’ve argued before.
Animal rights groups say “wild animals are not toys or photos props. They should be appreciated, and left alone, in the wild where they belong.” Well, I say that animals are also not steaks, boots, or actors, and they deserve the same freedoms. So, while we spend time reminding people that using animals for instant gratification is wrong in one way, we should really be telling everyone that their use in any way is the problem.