1st Edition

Animals, Food, and Tourism

Edited By Carol Kline Copyright 2018
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction to Animals, Food and Tourism 2. The gustatory ethics of "Consider the Lobster" 3. When the wildlife you watch becomes the food you eat: Exploring moral and ethical dilemmas when consumptive and non-consumptive tourism merge 4. The (unethical) consumption of a newborn animal: Cabrito as a tourist and recreational dish in Monterrey, Mexico 5. Provisioning in the animal tourism industry: Through the lens of the Amazon River Dolphin  6. Animals off the menu: How animals enter the vegan food experience  7. The cow goes "moo": Farm animal and tourist interactions on Long Island’s North Fork 8. Feed thy tourist well: CAFOs or cooperatives? 9. A life worth living: Reindeer in Nordic tourism experiences 10. The fishy ethics of seafood tourism 11. Melbourne, the food capital of Australia: Human and animal encounters in the contact zone of tourism 12. Munch, crunch, it’s whale for lunch: Exploring the politics of Japanese consumption of whales, whaling and whale watching 13. Animals and food: Transcending the anthrocentric duality of utility


    Carol Kline is an Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Appalachian State University in the Department of Management. Her research interests focus broadly on tourism planning and development and tourism sustainability, but cover a range of topics such as foodie segmentation, craft beverages, agritourism, wildlife-based tourism, animal ethics in tourism, tourism entrepreneurship, niche tourism markets, and tourism impacts to communities.