Though it can be tempting to take photos with wild animals, new research by global charity World Animal Protection (WPA) reminds zoo-goers that this practice is cruel.\nYet, many Canadian zoos allow visitors to take photos with animals. Many zoos also force animals to perform in circus-like shows, to paint with their trunks and or even to give rides to visitors.\nWorld Animal Protection has released a report that shows that "wild animals are abused and forced to do unnatural activities at what are supposed to be some of the world's 'top' zoos, including in Canada."\nTheir report surveyed zoos and aquariums associated with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). World Animal Protection concluded that WAZA is not enforcing the rules that it itself has put in place.\nNotably, WAZA vows that zoos affiliated with them "should not involve animals in shows, displays or interactive experiences where animals perform demeaning and unnatural behaviours."\nView this post on Instagram Do these look like ‘top’ zoos or aquariums? 🤔 We’re calling on the CEO of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to enforce animal welfare guidelines and stop animal abuse among its members. Go to http://ow.ly/TarC50vcLd2 to email @wazaglobal's CEO. #NotEntertainers #ChangeForAnimalsFoundation #CFAF #worldanimalprotection #animalprotection #protectanimals #wildlife #wildanimals #WAZA #orangutan #dolphin #elephant #wildlifetourism #animallover #zoo A post shared by World Animal Protection (@world_animal_protection) on Jul 29, 2019 at 2:05am PDT\nWorld Animal Protection states that "tourists visiting a WAZA-linked venue should be able to trust they are not inadvertently supporting cruel animal attractions."\nREAD ALSO: Warning: Saint-Laurent Metro Station Has Been Completely Shut Down\nOut of the 12 WAZA members highlighted in the report are two Canadian zoos: the African Lion Safari (ALS) and Jungle Cat World in Ontario. According to the report, lions at ALS are forced to bow, paint and lift up trainers.\nView this post on Instagram Planning a trip to #Bali? This island paradise has a much darker side for wild animals. Last year we investigated 26 wildlife tourism venues in Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan that house 1,500 wild animals, including elephants, dolphins and orangutans. Not a single one met the basic needs of their animals. Remember - If you can ride, hug or have a selfie with wild animal, then it’s cruel. Don’t do it, no matter how many ‘likes’ it will get on social media. #WorldAnimalProtection #protectanimals #animalprotection #wildanimals #Indonesia #orangutan #orangutans #elephant #elephants #civet #civetcoffee #dolphin #dolphins #ethicaltourism #wildlife #NotEntertainers #widlifeselfie #elephantride #baliindonesia A post shared by World Animal Protection (@world_animal_protection) on Jul 8, 2019 at 6:19am PDT\nAt Jungle Cat World, visitors can get up close and personal with a number of animals, so that they can take selfies with the animals.\nWorld Animal Protection condemns these practices, calling them "outdated and dangerous." A trainer at ALS was recently attacked by one of the wild cats.\nMelissa Matlow, Campaign Director at World Animal Protection says, "If you can see animals involved in activities they wouldn't normally do in the wild, then it shouldn't be shown in a zoo. It's not natural, it's not educational, it's cruel."\nYou can read the full report here.