T𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 interaction, 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 are now classified 𝐚𝐬 𝐔𝐍𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐄𝐏𝐓𝐀𝐁𝐋𝐄 by the 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧:
* 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐬;
* 𝐓𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐬;
* 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬;
* 𝐓𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝
* 𝐑𝐢𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐬.
SATSA says this means that captive wildlife attractions in South Africa, offering any of the above activities, will not be recommended by them to international tourism services. And in order for such outfits to be recommended for tourists again, they will have to ‘change their business model and end all interactions with wildlife’.
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‘Captive wildlife interactions and attractions remain a complex, contentious and emotionally charged issue. There is an increasing movement, both locally and internationally, against tourism experiences that potentially harm animals.
See also: Big Cats Need To Be Free, Wild And Safe
SATSA says they embarked on ‘a comprehensive research initiative to develop a long-term vision for South Africa’s tourism industry with regards to animal interactions in tourism; to design and agree on a framework to guide attractions, operators and tourists; to develop high-level suggestions for legislative intervention and regulation; and ultimately to position South Africa as an ethical tourism destination’.
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