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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Heartbreaking images show the suffering of wild animals forced to perform for tourists

A tiger was captured dragging HERSELF and struggling, as HER neck was chained to heavy padlocks, to take part in a photo shoot. The tiger had been beaten before the shoot, in order to obey HER carer.

ALETHA ADU:These heartbreaking images show tigers, monkeys and elephants chained up and forced to perform at popular tourist resorts. The wild animals are just a few of millions around the world “left in distress” as they’re held in captivity for human entertainment. Photojournalist Aaron Gekoski captured the images on his trip to Phuket in Thailand, after seeing reports of animal cruelty at several resorts on social media.

In one photo, an orangutan can be seen looking out from the confines of its cage while monkeys dressed in waistcoats cycle on bicycles. Horrified campaigners believe it was bred in captivity and illegally smuggled into the country to please travelers. Another picture shows a mother brown bear and her cub standing on their hind legs and begging tourists for food.

And a tiger was captured dragging itself through its enclosure, struggling to hold itself up as its neck was chained to heavy padlocks, to take part in a photo shoot. The tiger had been beaten before the shoot, in order to obey its carer. Elephants are often forced to go through a disciplinary process, known as “crush”. This is when carers beat the animals with bull-hooks in a bid to force them to obey…

Dr. Chris Draper, Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity at Born Free, said: “Captivity can never recreate the complex environment that animals have evolved to encounter in the wild. Many animals suffer in captivity as a result. “Countless wild animals are kept in captive situations for human entertainment – in circuses and animals shows, as photo props for tourists, for animal encounters, for film and TV, or as pets. “There are tens of thousands of zoos worldwide, holding millions of wild animals in captivity’. SOURCE…

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