5 Myths That Feed Unethical Wild Animal Tourism
Often due to lack of awareness, many unsuspecting tourists and locals fall into the trap of believing a holiday around sunny South Africa to “take in the big five” and other wildlife romps causes no harm. And in some cases, they believe that they may even be supporting conservation or improving the welfare of wild animals. Unfortunately this is often far from the truth. Places that allow and encourage interactions with wild animals are exploiting these animals for financial gain.
2. 10 Movers and Shakers in Sustainability-2014
2014 saw an increased involvement in sustainability by the private sector and other actors in addition to the traditional non-profit organizations and environmentally focused government agencies. Many note-worthy developments were characterized by different groups working together (multi-stakeholder partnerships) and the narrowing in on specific areas with new tools and technologies. Although policy from the local level to the international continues to face obstacles, significant progress was made this year.
3. A Father’s Pride: Raising Awareness About Canned Hunting
There is a global effort to raise awareness about a sport that is reducing the global population of many species to the brink of extinction, especially the lions and tigers. Canned hunting or trophy hunting facilities offer their customers the opportunity to kill exotic and native animals trapped within enclosures. Although many hunters and hunting groups are opposed to canned hunting or trophy hunting, there are no international laws prohibiting it. Many people have no idea that these heinous acts are taking place.
4. Why light at night should become a conservation issue
As long-time viewers of my Eyes on the Sky videos know, I am a big advocate of reducing light pollution. And as I’ve read up more on not only tent camping (star parties, here I come!), but even doing some backpacking/camping, I’ve discovered the Leave No Trace principles. To me, that’s another facet of conservation that I’ve discovered – leave things as they were (or better) then how you found them. Conservation covers much more than that though: Preserve, protect and restore a natural environment as much as possible.
5. Urban habitats ‘provide haven’ for bees
Britain’s urban areas are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, a study has found.