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Moral tensions for elephant visitors

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posted on 23.05.2021, 22:19 by Anja Pabel, Mucha Mkono
The study presented in this chapter examines visitor experiences at elephant sanctuaries in an era where animal ethics has taken centre stage. The study unpacks the moral tensions surrounding such attractions through analysis of social media comments by visitors. Based on this study a framework is proposed that encompasses three moral tensions that relate to animal welfare and the operations of animal sanctuaries, from the viewpoint of the visitor experience: (i) freedom-captivity; (ii) distance-interaction; and (iii) natural-staged. The chapter draws on two case studies: the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya, and the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) in Thailand.

History

Editor

Laws E; Scott N; Font X; Koldowski J

Start Page

99

End Page

110

Number of Pages

12

ISBN-13

9781789245868

Publisher

CABI

Place of Publication

Oxfordshire, UK

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Queensland

Era Eligible

Yes

Chapter Number

8

Number of Chapters

21

Parent Title

The elephant tourism business

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