City of Cape Town:
Responsible tourism is tourism that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit. A responsible tourism approach aims to achieve the triple-bottom line outcomes of sustainable development, i.e. economic growth, environmental integrity and social justice.
A healthy and sustainable animal population promotes and is supportive of small business and tourism development, conversely, an overpopulation epidemic of starving and diseased domestic animals hinders this development.
FAADA Foundation: www.turismo-responsable.com
“To see stray dogs and cats – hungry, sick and suffering – is something very common. And according to statistics, people experiencing this are less likely to return to that particular destination and more likely to share the incident with friends, colleagues and on websites such as TripAdvisor.
Some tourists even refuse to travel to certain destinations because they don’t want to see stray dogs and cats suffering.”
Tourism aside, stray dogs and cats can have a negative impact on the economy of these communities since they can destroy local ecosystems, agriculture and kill livestock. Furthermore, free-roaming dog populations result in animal welfare and public health problems. (Ex: rabies infection). Additional social problems include road accidents, fighting, noise, bitten children, fecal contamination and spread of rubbish.
The only long-term and cost-effective solution is the sterilization of stray dogs and cats. Several NGOs are already working in this direction in some of the most popular international tourist destinations, but they need the support of their governments in order to undertake permanent sterilization campaigns.”
References the effects of stray, starving and diseased animals has on tourism can be easily found on the following links: