It happens every now and then, you go to a gorgeous beach, are walking on the sand with the passengers and one of them stops a picks a shell… A beautiful perfectly shaped shell. And puts it in its jeans pocket. Thoughtlessly.
We all did it… I remember saying out loud whenever on vacation by the ocean “We are going to get shells!” and picking all sorts of beautiful things, that went to a jar, of even worse, a plastic bag (Where, of course, they didn’t look as beautiful) and my mother ended up throwing them in the garbage… Maybe if lucky they were an insignificant part of the decoration of my room.
By now… decades after, they dissapeared, gone in the sands of time, in the city. Misplaced and forgotten.
Whenever I remember this and I see how empty our beaches are compared to how they looked thirty years ago, a shiver of guilt passes through my spine. The word “thoughtless” comes to mind, undoubtely.
But this “thoughtless” acts get even worst. Much worst when what we take home are animals or plants, Living beings that are taken out of their environment in unbelievable conditions to be sold and to be bought by, again, thoughtless people who simply look at them like if they were porcelain pieces that are there simply to please the eye.
The pain we produce to these creatures is unbelievable.
The case of the macaws:
As a good example that not all of us know: Whenever a macaw is extracted from the nest as a baby, something happens to its wings. We really don’t realize it. But they form their wings the way they should be in he home their parents prepare for them.
When they are poached, their wings never get properly formed to fly long distances. And if there is a sad natural sight is when a macaw is to be released and sees other macaws and wants to fly… and simply can’t. Some of them, they will stay going from tree to tree screeching in calls of freedom. If they are close to the ocean, they are in risk of drowning as they fly directly to the flat surface of the water… thinking is a surface they can plan on.
And probably the worst paradox in this is that this macaws were poached by local people that sold them for a low price to a store or a distributor that sold them for a really high price to people that saw them as decoration. When the animal turns loud and uncomfortable and they realize it is going to outlive them, very often they simply release them back to nature… condemning them to die.
What we believe in
At Camino Travel we absolutely oppose to any form of poaching. For us is a tragedy that human beings behave like the owners of nature and enslave it to points of no return. We believe in teaching and advising our passengers not to take plants, rocks or shells that are part of our environment. We believe in denouncing any wildlife that is mistreated or caught illegally. And encourage our passengers to do the same.
We believe that our tours should be to enjoy, to have fun, to create unforgettable memories, but also to learn and to make a better World, for our children and the World we all live in.