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Animal cruelty has remained a contentious issue when it comes to wildlife tourism across the globe – and in particular, Southeast Asia. Behind those seemingly innocent Instagram shots of “tiger selfies”, elephant rides, and dancing macaques lurks the sinister truth about abuse, neglect and exploitation that is all too often overlooked. But while there is still a long way to go before governments choose to acknowledge the issue and lay down strict laws to protect Mother Earth’s creatures, there are some organisations that are doing things right. Take, for example, these five ethical wildlife destinations in the region which offer tourists the chance to encounter wildlife without disturbing the peace. By Sophie Pettit
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