This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post
Last Saturday people all over the world celebrated World Animal Day, a time for remembering and paying tribute to animals, the vital role that they play in our day to day lives, and the people who care and respect for them.
World Animal Protection chose this as the ideal day to launch its new long term campaign about Wildlife in entertainment. The sad reality is that people's passion for wild animals causes untold hidden suffering to the animals involved every single day, all over the world.
More often than not, tourists are entirely unaware of the cruelty that goes on behind the scenes. So to help you to be a responsible, wild animal friendly tourist, here is a list of some of the cruellest types of attractions, to be avoided at all costs:
1. Riding Elephants
Elephant calves are taken from their mothers at an early age and both physical and psychological pain is typically used to 'break their spirit'. Elephants have been known to develop post-traumatic stress disorders, similar to the condition seen in humans as a result.