Title

Animal Sexual Abuse and the Darkness of Touristic Immorality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2017

School

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Abstract

Simply put, tourism is about travel and its associated services. Yet, beyond its glittery appearance, at least sometimes, these services contain elements of domination and control of fellow humans, nature, and culture. Even innocent animals are not spared in the pursuit to making money. The extant literature on “dark tourism” barely addresses the darkness of tourist behavior derived from the nexus between human avarice and animal suffering. Sexual relations with animals has been documented for many centuries; yet, this exploitation as a touristic pursuit is relatively new. In this paper, conditions for the growth of this phenomenon and international regulatory responses are described and the structure and dynamics of the underground animal sex tourism industry are explored.

Publication Title

Virtual Traumascapes and Exploring the Roots of Dark Tourism

First Page

175

Last Page

189

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