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Animal lovers would rather spend their time with animals than with themselves or with people. There are many destinations where animals are the main attraction and attract global travelers who want to see, touch and play with them. But the biggest problem in animal tourism is the exploitation of animals and putting them in stressful situations or in a cage or even torturing them, and this is not animal tourism! This is a crime against animals, and animal lovers should not visit zoos or circus shows because it is a major crime and must be punished by law. So naturally, people who really love animals would want to get away from these places and only communicate with animals in a normal, non-stressful condition. Here are the top 10 destinations for animal lovers:



1. Cat island (japan):

Hello Kitty Land has 13 islands, and there are more cats than humans. The most famous of them is Oshima, which has about 6 cats per inhabitant. It is already known as the Isle of Cats. Since Oshima can only be reached by ferry, there are a limited number of people who can access it each day. Near Tokyo, Enoshina Island has thousands of cats roaming the streets and an abundance of other cultural attractions. This island is much easier to get to than Oshima Island. However, no matter which island you visit, it is important to pay attention to the rules:
a) Do not force animals on your lap.
b) Do not feed outside of designated feeding areas
Tourists are generally welcomed by the islanders who are responsible for taking care of the cats, so play nice and pay close attention to them.



2. Elephant Island (Thailand):

Elephants are considered a symbol of the country and it is estimated that 75% of the elephants used in tourism (elephant riding for example) in Thailand are taken from their natural habitat precisely in this regard. In a study conducted by the World Animal Foundation, I have concluded that there are about 1,300 elephants annually, who are brutalized and live in miserable conditions. It is possible to contact elephants in Thailand in a non-exploitative manner. To do this, you must seek out ethically functioning elephant sanctuaries, ethically meaning it is essential that elephants behave as if they were in their natural habitat, and are free to eat, drink and live undisturbed or injured. These places should not offer elephant rides or even entertainment shows as they cause real distress to the gentle giants i.e. the elephants. Stay away from these places and do your research to make sure you are visiting a true getaway.



3. The Golden Dog Club (Scotland):

In 2016, an event for Golden Retriever lovers was launched in Inverness, Scotland. The first event hosted 188 dogs and that number has nearly doubled in the past two years, with 361 dogs at the latest event in July 2018. The event is held annually on the outskirts of Ancestors, where the first Golden Retriever was born in the mid-1800s. The event is open to people who want to visit, even if they don’t bring their dogs. This year, it is estimated that the festival received a thousand visitors. Dog parades and dinner parties are all part of the action, so you will be mad to miss this event, especially if you are a dog lover.



4. Woodstock Farm (New York):

New York has a great shelter for rescued animals. Woodstock Farm Sanctuary takes care of the farm’s animals, which are home to about 300 animals. The sanctuary keeps cows, turkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, and rabbits. Rescued animals are seen as friends and people can volunteer to help take care of them. The sanctuary also offers tours with the animals for those who just want to learn more about the work done here. You are not allowed to feed them during visits, only to play with them.




5. Whale Watching in Sydney (Australia):

Some people are fascinated by the orca, dolphin and whale shows at Sea World. However, Sea World is not ethical when it comes to taking care of their animals. In addition to being kept in captivity in fairly small ponds, they are animals that have been removed from their habitat for no reason other than tourism. There are much more ethical ways to observe marine animals. Like enjoying a natural “show” that whales put on in their natural habitats. Between May and November, humpback whales leave the Antarctic wintering for northern Australia to give birth to their young. In Sydney, Australia, there are several national parks to observe this migration, with viewpoints overlooking the ocean. It is also possible to book a cruise to see this beautiful process up close. You can also see whales migrating in Seattle, USA, Victoria and Vancouver, Canada. In Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, it is also possible to observe this phenomenon sometimes throughout the year.



6. Turtles on the Beach (Mexico):

In Mexico, thousands of turtles crawl ashore to lay their eggs. However, in the process the young go through many hardships which led to their near extinction. Dogs walking the beach eat eggs, and some people even pick them up to sell to uninformed tourists. On many Mexican beaches, such as Playa Azul and Acapulco, it is possible to volunteer to walk the beach and help baby turtles be born and reach the sea safely. In the case of Playa Azul, a party is held every October in honor of the turtles. Therefore, the turtle is an important symbol for the people of Mexico and the people of Mexico.



7. Home of the Sacred Cows (India):

About 80% of India’s population is Hindu, a religion that has about a billion believers. They consider cows sacred and for this reason, it is very common in India to see cows roaming cities, being fed and even worshiped publicly. They have been banned from urban areas since 2003, at risk of being hit by cars and obstructing traffic. However, some can still be seen roaming the cities. India has laws in place that increase the religious status of cattle, which means that the cow is considered purer than that of the upper castes. There are no laws against accidentally harming a cow in India, but the person who does so is threatened with death. India respects and preserves all animals, so if you are an animal lover, India is an ideal destination for you.



8. Giant Panda Sanctuaries (China):

Due to the urbanization and urbanization of China, the giant panda’s habitat areas have been endangered and their way of life has become very difficult for the rare species, even endangering their existence. To save them from extinction, China began a captive breeding process and tried to provide them with all the requirements to survive and reproduce. You can visit giant panda shelters and even volunteer to help take care of these animals. The most famous of them is the Lougantai Shelter. Here, tourists can interact directly with pandas, helping to feed them. If you are an animal lover, it is natural that you will be very happy to see a giant panda.



9. Animal Blessing Ceremony (Vatican City):

The Vatican organizes a celebration every year, where a pope or a cardinal bestows blessing on different types of animals that are brought into the country. Horses, chickens, ducks, goats, dogs, cats and other pets are gathered in the arena to be blessed and become blessed. However, the date of this event is not specified. In some years, it is held in January to coincide with the feast of St. Anthony (the patron saint of livestock and pets) and other years it falls on October 4, World Animal Day.




10. Home of Llamas and Alpacas (Peru):

Docile animals, they are very friendly and love people. You’ll know if llamas and alpacas don’t like you, because they’ll simply spit in your face. They live in the mountains in Peru, but you may also find them in Bolivia and northern Argentina. They are very easy to interact with, but it is essential to understand the appropriate situations to interact with them and when to leave them alone. You’ll find llamas and alpacas grazing in parks, roaming freely between ruins and markets, and llamas and alpacas adorned for photographs. As mentioned earlier, llamas are very calm animals and therefore do not need anesthesia to interact with humans, but that does not mean that they like to sit around all day taking pictures with tourists. If you want to interact with these animals, give preference to those that walk freely. Pay attention to what the animal is doing and if you can approach it. We must always remember that we are the visitors and that any kind of interaction with animals should be done with respect, prioritizing their welfare and, of course, their safety.


Every time I see an animal I’ve never seen before, I feel good and want to get to know and connect with all the animals in the world. It is nice to book a ticket and travel specifically to see animals and interact with them and get to know animals that do not exist in your home country. Follow the rules and go towards animal destinations and stay away from the human world and enter the animal world for a while. The animal world has a lot of psychological comfort and reassurance because animals are considered among the kindest and most kind and affectionate living beings.


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