Costa Rica’s “Stop Animal Selfies” Campaign Encourages Responsible Photography Worldwide
This week, Costa Rica became the first country in the world to launch a campaign for the responsible photography or “selfies” with wild animals.
The #StopAnimalSelfies campaign is a collaboration between the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and aims to raise awareness and educate tourists and locals on how to act and reduce the harmful impact of manipulating animals for photos, as well as how to conserve and respect the country’s incredible wildlife.
On the heels of the Central American country winning the United Nations’ prestigious 2019 Champions of the Earth award and consistent with the country’s sustainable tourism model, the #StopAnimalSelfies campaign strives to safeguard Costa Rica’s wildlife, one of its greatest attractions, and to ensure the safety of its tourists.
The campaign’s code of “do’s and don’ts” encourages the admiration of the country’s wildlife at a safe distance and discourages direct contact with wild animals.
Costa Rica is requesting a global participation in the campaign by asking people to take a selfie or photo with a stuffed animal and captioning it “I don’t mistreat animals to take a selfie” and using the hashtag #StopAnimalSelfies.