The tour to the volcano today also included a tour to a waterfall called peace falls. Little did I know that as part of this peace falls there was a so called wildlife refuge and we would be seeing caged wildlife such as jaguars, capuchin monkeys, toucans, birds of prey, squirrels etc. I do not have any pictures of these since I could not bring myself to participate in the exploitation of these animals for the sake of tourist entertainment. Had I known this I probably would have picked a different tour since this did not look to me like a refuge but more like a zoo and visitors also got to get their pictures taken with toucans and such. The above picture is one of a “Cebu” not sure how to say it in English so I apologize for that. The Cebu was restrained to another Cebu next to him and both were holstered up to a wooden wagon. The Cebu looked very sad and the large, heavy, piece of wood that bounded him to the other Cebu was strapped to his head and their horns which were adorned with no other than leather from a fallen friend. I went up to them and they gently sniffed me and allowed me to pet them. They seemed very happy to have gentle contact with a human. After I left and took the photo the handler proceeded to make them pull the wagon so they could give a tourist a ride. He accomplished this by beating and poking them with a large stick on their heads. Today was a sad day. My heart breaks every time I encounter things like this. I am traveling with some friends two of which are not vegan and who actually took pictures with the toucans and stood in the wagon to pose for a picture. When one of them saw the handler of the Cebu treat him the way I described and heard me say how horrible that was he proceeded to say how he felt horrible for them. To which I answered that if he really felt horrible for them he number one wouldn’t eat them, number two wouldn’t take pictures with him because the reason that the Cebu was being treated the way it was, was for the sake of his entertainment and the entertainment of millions of other tourist. My friend then looked at me and simply said “you’re right”.
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- lepetiteme said: :( Feel your pain
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- vegan-grindhippy said: Poor animals. I always feel so helpless when I see stuff like that. The most recent being donkey rides on the beach I recently visited. I wanted so much to be able to help them.
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