Critical animal studies is gaining momentum across academic research and tourism studies is no exception. In the last decade, the field has increasingly turned attention to the topic, with a particular interest in the ethical implications of tourist-animal encounters, from consumption of animals to animals for entertainment. Yet, the topic of working animals in tourism has yet to be considered with any real substance. Thus, the aim of this book is to survey the field for burgeoning research on the work animals do in tourism and to cultivate awareness on issues related to these working animals within the context of tourism. The labor performed by some animals in tourism is hardly noticed, such is the case for donkeys or llamas who carry gear on treks, or animals are not intended to be seen, such security dogs at airports. Other working animals are part of the experience, including elephants and camels who carry people on their backs and cows or horses drawing carts filled with tourists, or indeed they facilitate the holiday, as is the case for assistance dogs and service animals who accompany their owners and work for their safety. Further still, we find cases where the work performed by animals presents a thin line between entertainment of tourists and working in tourism, such as falconry or herding dogs exhibitions that engage with an audience to show off their natural instincts and skills.
The book is designed to encompass international issues and will provide a mix of theoretical and applied research, as well as case studies. A variety of approaches and theoretical perspectives are welcome: critical animal studies theories, ethical paradigms, companion species theories, non-human rights and legal paradigms, and geographical approaches will be found throughout the book's various chapters.