This is an excerpt from an article written and released by SATSA on their website on 12 December, 2019
Captive wildlife attractions and interactions are a complex, contentious and emotionally charged issue globally.
Due to increased global awareness about the impact of tourism on biodiversity, ecosystems and animals, tourists themselves have started to seek answers to the impact of their decisions on biodiversity in general and animal welfare in particular.
This in turn has driven tour operators to be selective about the tourism experiences included in their packages. The voice against tourism experiences including animal interactions has grown so loud that many tourism businesses are feeling the impact of these changes, irrespective of how “ethical” their approach to animal interactions may be.