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Stuart Butler

writer and photographer at freelance

France

Professional Bio

Writer, photographer and Lonely Planet author working in eastern and central Africa and the Himalayas. Specialises in stories on conservation, the environment and indigenous peoples. Currently working on a book and photo project about contemporary Maasai culture and the environment they live in - www.walkingwiththemaasai.com

Where I Write

The National, Independent, Times, Lonely Planet, Travel Africa, Biosphere, Wild Travel and more.

Recent Activity

  1. Stuart Butler added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @danielturnerbff Your answer though has underlined (and that is brought up further down this list - which seems to be getting a little confused with answers appearing in different places) the problem …
  2. Stuart Butler added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @danielturnerbff This is all good news, but one thing that hasn't been addressed is who decides what is right or wrong/ethical or not ethical in so much as animal rights/conservation policy/tourist po…
  3. Stuart Butler added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @hitriddle Yes, very much a cultural element to it and it's not as big as a China/Anglo-Saxon one. There's a big difference in attitudes to animal rights just in Europe. As far as I'm aware there are …
  4. Stuart Butler added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @sophiendubus Hi Sophie, Yes very true about wildlife watching in the UK and elsewhere. Although for most people an urban fox in London is (wrongly) not as exciting or exotic as say a tiger and so tho…
  5. Stuart Butler added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @geoffmanchester True Geoff, but that means seeing wildlife in the flesh, so to speak, would become something only the elite and rich can enjoy (ie - anyone who can afford to travel which isn't that m…
  6. Stuart Butler added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    All that has been said is very true and I do agree with it all. A lot of it has to do with mere ignorance. Most people don't realise that going to turtle hatcheries (where turtle eggs are removed from…