Animals and Tourism: Understanding Diverse Relationships

Edited by: Kevin Markwell

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This book critically examines the many ways in which tourism and animals intersect, whether as tourist attractions, wildlife conservation tools, as travel companions or as meat to be eaten. It aims to make a meaningful contribution to the growing body of knowledge concerning the relationships between animals, tourists and the tourism industry. The chapters are organised into three themes: ethics and welfare; conflict, contradiction and contestation; and shifting relationships. Theoretically informed and empirically rich, the chapters examine topics such as whale watching, animal performances, the objectification and commodification of animals and stakeholder conflict among a range of others. It is hoped that the book will help to highlight key research questions and stimulate other researchers and students to reflect critically on the place of animals within tourism spaces, experiences, practices and structures.  

The book has much to offer students of tourism, leisure studies, ethics, and human: animal studies. The chapters on ethics in particular offer sound starts for undergraduate and postgraduate students considering the ethics of tourism and of human: animal relations. There is also a broader audience across academia and in the informed general public(...) I recommend this book to all these potential readers as accessible, easy to dip into where interested, but also offering a sound progression of ideas and analysis.

Annals of Leisure Research, 2016

For academics, activists, policy officials, and the concerned public eager to delve beneath the surface of the popular press banter, this book provides an eclectic set of deeper policy and cultural issues to consider. (It) offers an excellent introduction to these issues as they stand right now, and an invitation for the reader to consider how to become part of the solution.

Journeys, Volume 17, Issue 1

This important and timely anthology addresses many of the practical and ethical implications of making other animals the subject of our holiday activities. With essays on everything from the most common forms of animal tourism (whale-watching, dolphin tourism, bird watching) to the less well-known (entomotourism, helicopter hunting, meat-tourism), this book will offer the animals studies scholar, conservationist or animal lover much to think about.

From the ethics of helicopter hunting and the roles of pets in RV parks to the growth of insect-based tourism, Animals and Tourism: Understanding Diverse Relationships offers a unique and fascinating window into the recreational use – and misuse – of the creatures we share our world with.

Kevin Markwell is Associate Professor at the School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia. His research focuses on human-animal studies, tourist-nature relationships, wildlife tourism and gay tourism.


1. Kevin Markwell: Animals and Tourism: Towards an Understanding of Diverse Relationships

Part 1: Ethics and Welfare

2. David Fennell: The Status of Animal Ethics in Tourism: A Review of Theory

3. Georgette Leah Burns: Animals as Tourism Objects: Ethically Refocusing Relationships between Tourists and Wildlife

4. Kate Bone and Jane Bone: The Same Dart Trick: The Exploitation of Animals and Women in Thailand Tourism

5. Stephen Wearing and Chantelle Jobberns: From 'Free Willy' to Sea World: Has Ecotourism Improved the Rights of Whales?

6. Brent Lovelock: Troubled Shooting: The Ethics of Helicopter-Assisted Guided Trophy Hunting by Tourists for Tahr

Part 2: Conflict, Contradiction and Contestation

7. James Higham and Katja Neves: Whales, Tourism and Manifold Capitalist Fixes: New Relationships with the Driving Force of Capitalism

8. Jeffrey Ventre and John Jett: Killer Whales, Theme Parks and Controversy: An Exploration of the Evidence

9. Carlie S. Weiner: Dolphin Tourism and Human Perceptions: Social Considerations to Assessing the Human-Dolphin Interface

10. Erik Cohen: Young Elephants in Thai Tourism: A Fatal Attraction

11. Outi Ratamäki and Taru Peltola: Drama over Large Carnivores: Performing Wildlife Tourism in a Controversial Space

12. David Newsome: Conflicts between Cultural Attitudes, Development and Ecotourism: The Case of Bird Watching Tours in Papua New Guinea

13. Muchazondida Mkono: 'Eating the Animals You Come to See': Tourists' Meat-Eating Discourses in Online Communicative Texts

Part 3: Shifting Relationships

14. R. Harvey Lemelin: From the Recreational Fringe to Mainstream Leisure: The Evolution and Diversification of Entomotourism

15. Fernanda de Vasconcellos Pegas : From Dinner Plate to T-Shirt Logo: The Changing Role of a Flagship Turtle Species in One of Brazil's Most Popular Tourism Destinations

16. Jeffrey C. Skibins: Ambassadors or Attractions? Disentangling the Role of Flagship Species in Wildlife Tourism

17. Ulrike Gretzel and Anne Hardy: Pooches on Wheels: Overcoming Pet-Related Constraints through RVing

18. Kevin Markwell: Exploited Elephants and Pampered Pets: Reflecting on Tourism-Animal Relationships


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