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Captive wildlife in Bali is in a ‘living hell’, as reported by World Animal Protection, who have found that all venues with captive elephants, tigers, dolphins or civet cats didn’t meet the basic needs of the animals kept in captivity. In addition, 80 per cent of venues with primates didn’t meet the basic needs of the animals. This information has been compiled in the Wildlife Abusement Parks report by World Animal Protection, to expose the scale of the situation that is increasing around Indonesia, and encourages the government and travel industry to take action to protect wildlife from exploitation, and leave them in their natural habitat.

Wildlife tourism is increasingly popular, and in some cases it encourages a pro-conservation mind-set and when the animals are properly cared for it “can be positive for the environment and wild animals: it can lead to and help fund the protection of natural areas, improve animal welfare and alleviate poverty.” However, some tourist attractions take advantage of the animals and exploit them for profit. “In many of the venues visited, little to no attempt was made to replicate a natural environment, with many animals being kept in small concrete cages, behind bars or on chains.” Measures such as allowing animals the ability to freely move around the environment must be taken, interaction with visitors should be limited and rides for selfies and handling for photo purposes must be banned. The report continues to say: “Ultimately, the needs of wild animals can only be fully met in the wild – the environment they naturally belong in and have evolved to thrive in.”

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I’m so excited to be writing my first editor’s letter and that we are finally, undeniably, amidst the summer season! Speaking of sunshine – this issue we’re taking a trip across the globe to the, what-should-be, luscious rainforests of Indonesia, to examine the devastating effects the palm oil business has wreaked on this stunning, natural area. We also explore how sustainable growing solutions can save the habitat of our characterful, fluffy friends, orangutans, from the relentless palm industry (see page 66). Also in this issue, we are introducing you to the lovely Lucie Shorthouse, a West End star and vegan advocate. She discussed her choice to transition to veganism, the health benefits she found from a plant based diet, and her role in the innovative new play ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (page 16). With so many vegans making waves in the creative industry, our Art Special celebrates the brave names that paint the true picture of animal cruelty, and cleverly portray the need for veganism through their work – get inspired on page 90. Finally, the summer evokes the need to create fun, easy and time-filling activities for kids, but are our most popular pastimes educating children into insensitive mind-sets? Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup gives her view on the ‘To zoo, or not to zoo?’ debate on page 76. Enjoy the issue and make sure to share your opinions with us via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. P.S. Don’t miss our hilarious article from Jake Yapp, who puts a cheeky twist on chickpeas on page 114.

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