(All photos were taken by me, Jasmine Monrouxe, and this article is also published on my website.)
The world we live in is truly amazing. With traveling becoming more and more accessible and popular amongst young adults, it's no surprise that a lot of us are doing it. But with the rise in numbers of people traveling, comes a higher demand to "entertain" the masses. A lot of people travel to escape their home towns, soak up the awe-inspiring landscapes, experience new climates, cultures and of course - wildlife.
I remember the first time I travelled to an eastern country: Bali, Indonesia. As an animal lover I was constantly hyped up by the amazing creatures that seemed to be everywhere. I was also heartbroken by all the homeless cats and dogs that roamed the streets. I just wanted to scoop them up and take them all home with me. But being able to see monkeys, elephants and tigers for a fraction of the price (or free) than going to a western zoo almost made me forget about the animals I saw suffering in the streets. Then one day, the opportunity to ride an elephant presented itself to me. Blindsided by the fact I would actually be so close to such a majestic creature, I went ahead and booked my experience at an "elephant camp." I cringe every time I think back to myself sitting on top of that poor, broken spirit of an elephant. I deeply regret my actions and I wish I could go back and stop myself from doing something so selfish and thoughtless.