One by One, Let’s Gain Animal Awareness and STOP This!

One by One, Let’s Gain Animal Awareness and STOP This!

Photography of animals for your own indulgence IS cruelty and IT MUST stop. We all have the chance to promote Animal Awareness to our fellow travellers and do a small bit for the good of our planet…


Let’s stop animals selfies


This is one of many nurse sharks held captive within a tiny pen on Isla Mujeres’ western beaches. Accurately named “shark beach,” Playa Tiburon is a favourite destination for day trips to Mujeres from Cancun and sees hundreds of tourists a day. While sunbathing and snorkelling you have the opportunity to pay 2 dollars to have your photo taken with this gentle giant of our seas. For every paying customer the bottom dweller is scooped up from the sand and handed to tourists to make photographs. The extra lucky ones will see the guide press his hands upon the sharks’ neck causing it to cough out the water that feeds through its gills (the equivalent to us coughing all of the air from our lungs). Fun for everyone, it seems, but the shark, oh and some divers/snorkelers who are getting more desperate in their search to see animals like these in their natural habitats. The treatment of these sharks will cause early death from stress or bacterial infections caused by sunscreens and other products but there are plenty more fish in the sea… or so I’m continually told.


Animal Awareness, Nurse Shark


This is just one of the many hundreds and thousands of examples in which animals are tortured for our amusement, confined to small enclosures and disturbed from their natural behaviours.


I am aware that there are a great many of us who do not condone these activities but it seems that business continues to boom for an industry that does not make memories, only photographs. I’ve had to ask myself, why is this? The only answer I can come up with is a lack of awareness. We do not have to be bad people to endorse an activity that is cruel if we fail to see it that way. I for one, used to love SeaWorld and could not have imagined a better paradise but now that I am older and have a better understanding of the situation I would not step one foot into the place.


My learning has made me aware.


One by one we can help each other to understand what we are really doing when we choose to pay to keep animals cruelly in captivity. If we can increase our ability to see life from another perspective, maybe even that of an animals, then we have the chance to make the world a better place for everything that is living.


Maybe one by one we can see tourism like this come to an end.







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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

  • […] Beach dwelling is the islands ultimate highlight and a main reason to visit, with luxuriously blue seas and soft sandy beaches strewn from the northern tip. Crowds of day-trippers arrive on the islands south-western shoreline which is also stunning but becomes a little over run. Unfortunately these beaches also hold captive nurse sharks and sells photographs with them. Learn more about our taking ‘selfies’ with animals campaign. […]

  • francaangloitalian says:

    Thank you for this article. The more people realize how silly and incredibly selfish it is to wanting a photo with animals the better, they shouldn’t be kept in captivity in the first place!

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