There are many different reasons that our selfish needs can take over our better selves: Sometimes we just don’t have enough information, some of us avoid seeing the truth of a situation, sometimes we just want to look ‘cool’ and yes, some of us just don’t care. The simple truth is, when we see programs on TV that feature wild animals like bears living in and enjoying their natural habitat, they are NOT surrounded by people. The truth is, many people are simply not sure what is right and what is wrong when it comes to animals.
That is why it is important to have role models that can explain why seeking selfies with wild animals is cruel. Some people do not have those types of role models around them, so it is important that you, yes you, become that role model. You can help teach others what is really happening and help prevent the illegal abuse and trafficking of wildlife.
Organizations and people who earn money by suppling baby animals for selfies often get those animals using inhumane methods. For example, stealing a baby dolphin from its mother and constantly mentally abusing it so it becomes tame enough to be used as a prop for photos throughout its entire life in captivity.
Animal trafficking will never stop if we do not immediately decide “IT IS UP TO ME” and say “NO!”.
Words are not enough. They must be supported with action.