Tourism, animals & the vacant niche: a scoping review and pedagogical agenda

David A. Fennell*, Carol Kline, Mucha Mkono, Bryan S. R. Grimwood, Valerie A. Sheppard, Katherine Dashper, Jillian Rickly, Georgette Leah Burns, Giovanna Bertella, Erica von Essen, José-Carlos García-Rosell, Yulei Guo, Hin Hoarau-Heemstra, Álvaro López López, Gino Jafet Quintero Venegas, Patrick J. Holladay, Christina T. Cavaliere, Kellen Copeland, Brian Danley, Jessica Bell RizzoloChris E. Hurst, Rie Usui, Mikko Äijälä, Émilie Crossley, Kristine Hill, Michelle Szydlowski, Daniel Bisgrove, Samuel Blythe, Samuel R. Fennell, Sarah Oxley Heaney, Caroline Schuhmacher, Paul Tully, Sarah Coose, Jes Hooper, Rebecca Madrid

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The topic of animal ethics has advanced in tourism studies since its inception in 2000, based on a diverse range of studies on species involvement, types of uses and contexts, level of engagement, states of animals, and theoretical perspectives. While there is still considerable scope to amplify research on animal-based tourism, a gap exists in tourism pedagogy amidst the field’s emphasis on a new expanding consciousness platform. We review the depth of existing scholarship on animal ethics in tourism and develop an agenda for advancing animal ethics pedagogy for the future. Our intent is to issue a call to action for curriculum committees, programme administrators, and educators to recognise and act on this critical moral domain in tourism education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Early online date29 Feb 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Feb 2024

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