Selfie craze upsets animals

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

BRASILIA, Brazil, 6 October 2017: The craze for tourists taking selfies alongside wild animals then posting on Instagram is fuelling cruel treatment of iconic species in the Amazon, activists warn.

The charity World Animal Protection said in a report that Instagram has seen a 292% increase in wildlife selfies since 2014 around the world. Of these, more than 40% involved humans “hugging or inappropriately interacting with a wild animal.”

World Animal Protection said in the report released Tuesday that the animals are captured and often battered to make them perform for tourism businesses. Read more

Sir Samford Raffles off duty

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 April 2017: If Sir Stamford Raffles is on your must-see statues list during a holiday in Singapore, this week; forget it the famous gent is otherwise engaged.

Singapore Tourist Board reports he has been hoarded up for industrial cleaning and that means he will be off duty for selfie photo sessions, 10 to 11 April. Read more

Selfie causes deadly slip

July 5, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LIMA, PERU, 5 July 2016: Peruvian police recovered the body of a South Korean tourist from under a waterfall in the Amazon jungle, days after he fell in while taking a photo of himself, police said Monday.

The man, 28-year-old Kim Jongyeob, slipped and fell 500 metres (1,640 feet) under the waterfall in northeast Peru last Wednesday, a local police official said.

“The tourist was found dead, submerged seven metres deep in the lake where into which the Gocta waterfall runs,” the official, who asked not to be named, told AFP by telephone. Read more