Food is routinely given attention in tourism research as a motivator of travel. Regardless of whether tourists travel with a primary motivation for experiencing local food, eating is required during their trip. This book encompasses an interdisciplinary discussion of animals as a source of food within the context of tourism. Themes include the raising, harvesting, and processing of farm animals for food; considerations in marketing animals as food; and the link between consuming animals and current environmental concerns. Ethical issues are addressed in social, economic, environmental, and political terms.

The chapters are grounded in ethics-related theories and frameworks including critical theory, ecofeminism, gustatory ethics, environmental ethics, ethics within a political economy context, cultural relativism, market construction paradigm, ethical resistance, and the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. Several chapters explore contradicting and paradoxical ethical perspectives, whether those contradictions exist between government and private sector, between tourism and other industries, or whether they lie within ourselves.

Like the authors in Tourism Experiences & Animal Consumption: Contested Values, Morality, & Ethics, the authors in this book wrestle with a range of issues such as animal sentience, the environmental consequences of animals as food, viewing animals solely as a extractive resource for human will, as well as the artificial cultural distortion of animals as food for tourism marketing purposes. This book will appeal to tourism academics and graduate students as a reference for their own research or as supplementary material for courses focused on ethics within tourism.

chapter 3|14 pages

When the wildlife you watch becomes the food you eat

Exploring moral and ethical dilemmas when consumptive and non-consumptive tourism merge

chapter 4|16 pages

The (unethical) consumption of a newborn animal

Cabrito as a tourist and recreational dish in Monterrey, Mexico

chapter 5|15 pages

Provisioning in the animal tourism industry

Through the lens of the Amazon river dolphin

chapter 6|15 pages

Animals off the menu

How animals enter the vegan food experience

chapter 7|14 pages

The cow goes “moo”

Farm animal and tourist interactions on Long Island’s North Fork

chapter 8|17 pages

Feed thy tourist well

CAFOs or cooperatives?

chapter 9|16 pages

A life worth living

Reindeer in Nordic tourism experiences

chapter 11|12 pages

Melbourne, the food capital of Australia

Human and animal encounters in the contact zone of tourism

chapter 12|14 pages

Munch, crunch, it’s whale for lunch

Exploring the politics of Japanese consumption of whales, whaling, and whale watching

chapter 13|8 pages

Animals and food

Transcending the anthrocentric duality of utility