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  1. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @hitriddle "bloggers could be equally important in pressuring their industry sponsors and holding them to account" - agreed. This is a really important role they can take, highlighting to their audien…
  2. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @bemusedbackpack Ha, that's funny! Nokia brick mobile I mean, they weren't even invented when I first backpacked, nor the internet, both were well after. I used to have to pay to fax if you were lucky…
  3. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @danielturnerbff Thanks for the correction, Daniel. I didn't think they were. I guess there are issues around the different implementation of them therefore?
  4. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    I agree @geoffmanchester. Apart from not being a fan of captive animals, I find the whole zoo notion rather colonial and belonging to a by-gone era. However, I do understand there are (sub)species wh…
  5. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    I'm with @dtravelsround. They're not the moral police. And laws regarding animal welfare are so different around the world even if they were legality police it would prove difficult I'm sure. But I'd…
  6. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @thetravelword Tough question, I think you are right. Though I'm not sure some ageing Chinese person in a really remote village living by centuries' old traditions is a fool, maybe it's just so ingrai…
  7. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @thetravelword I agree Ethan and I think in responsible tourism we see the supply-side taking up that responsibility more than the demand-side, currently. And historically. We see it a lot in voluntee…
  8. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    @hitriddle true. And I think another part of the issue of consumer awareness/action, is if people share their (now responsible) thoughts on something like (not) riding an elephant, when they have done…
  9. vickysmith added a comment on Is the BIG PICTURE of animal welfare influencing travelers? What else can be done?
    The answers above from @bemusedbackpack and others have covered so many great points. Whilst a lot of the global mass travel consumer market may not yet be aware of the issues, there are tour operator…
  10. vickysmith added a comment on Why killing lions like Cecil may actually be good for conservation
    @hitriddle Thanks @thetravelword for the post-paste and article links. I've been looking for some updated data on values of hunting vs tourism income for conservation. I had this from 2004: http://www…