Abused tigers and orphaned elephants: The cruel truth behind animal selfies

It’s become a rite of passage for many holiday-makers. Visit Thailand and take a selfie with a big cat at the Tiger Temple, travel to Morocco and hold a monkey wearing a dress, or pose with a cute-looking reptile at a crocodile farm in Vietnam.

“The irony is that people usually take these photos because they love animals,” Chiara Vitali, campaign manager at World Animal Protection, told The Independent. “But behind that selfie there’s often a lot of abuse.

“If you’re having a picture taken with a tiger cub, chances are that it’s been dragged out like a prop then taken back

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