A number of incidents have made the news lately about people treating animals badly while on vacation. In the Bahamas, several swimming pigs died after tourists gave them alcohol. A woman in Florida was arrested after posing on a sea turtle. Another sea turtle suffered indirectly from human actions after eating 915 coins.
What can we learn from this? Well, certainly that we should not give animals alcohol, nor sit on wild animals, nor throw coins into animal habitats. But these stories also serve as a reminder that when we travel, we are visiting environments that are new to us, but are homes to creatures who deserve our respect. As an advocate for animals, stay alert and speak up if you see animals being mistreated, wherever you may roam.