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AN AN­I­MAL pro­tec­tion char­ity is urg­ing tourists not to click their pho­tos with wild an­i­mals as a grow­ing num­ber of such images, in­clud­ing "tiger self­ies", have sur­faced on­line.

The Care for the Wild In­ter­na­tional wants to high­light the im­pact of pho­tog­ra­phy on wildlife. "In Thai­land it is pop­u­lar to click a photo with a slow loris. Peo­ple find the an­i­mal cute to pose with, but th­ese are noc­tur­nal crea­tures who are be­ing dragged around neon-lit re­sorts, with their teeth and claws clipped, having cam­eras flashed in their eyes," the char­ity's com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Chris Pitt told The Guardian. "Peo­ple want to copy the pho­tos they've seen on­line, which leads to more an­i­mal suf­fer­ing." He said that in ad­di­tion to the risk to wildlife, tourists also put them­selves in dan­ger for the sake of a photo. The char­ity es­ti­mates that at the Tiger Tem­ple in Kan­chanaburi, Thai­land, a pop­u­lar tourist spot, up to 60 in­ci­dents of cap­tive tigers maul­ing tourists or vol­un­teers take place in a year.

Tourists love to pose with wild an­i­mals for pho­tos

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