PUERTO ALEGRIA, PERU. A silhouetted sloth being photographed by a tourist. Wildlife "encounters" are often used by tour operators in the Amazon rainforest to advertise their tours, where tourists can handle these captured animals, unaware of the underlying animal suffering involved.
Evidence gathered during this project by World Animal Protection indicates many sloths die prematurely as a result of constant mishandling.
This image is part of an investigative project designed to investigate the impact of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During this assignment it became apparent that many tourists join tours to engage in wildlife ecotourism, unaware that the activities are often unregulated, illegal and cruel.
Animals used in these activities can die due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or are being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals and that they help the local communities.