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14-Manatee Being Fed By Tourists

PUERTO ALEGRIA, PERU. Tourists feed a captured manatee in its small round pen in the Amazon.

Evidence gathered during this project by World Animal Protection indicates the animal was removed from the wild illegally and is used as tourist-bait by local communities.

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 prematurely due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals, and that supporting such activities help the local communities.