Published by Melinda McKee.

Most of us have been there: swiping through profile pictures on dating apps such as Bumble, OkCupid, or Tinder and coming across something so offensive that you immediately swipe left. In between flattering (perhaps years-old) images of your next potential soulmate (fingers crossed!), one inevitably pops up to ruin all your wildest romantic fantasies: a selfie with an imprisoned wild animal forced to pose with human tourists.

Maybe the profile owner is wearing a life vest while he holds onto a dolphin in a bright blue swimming pool, or maybe she’s sitting on top of an elephant in Thailand. Now, sometimes, if you think some almost-perfect potential matches just need a gentle push toward compassion, you might consider a swipe to the right in the hope of matching and letting them know the error of their ways.

Addressing the way people interact with wild animals one match at a time would take an awfully long time, so be sure to share this information to let people everywhere know that these are 9 types of pictures that there’s just no excuse to post:

Posing With a Captive Tiger

Seriously, if people knew that these tigers are usually bred in captivity just for these photo ops, that the cubs are separated from their mothers prematurely—which is psychologically damaging—and that they’re kept in barren enclosures with no opportunity to roam as their natural instincts demand, no one would be showcasing these cruel pictures.


Riding an Elephant

If you’re traveling in Asia, you might be tempted to visit an “Elephant Sanctuary.” But any destination that offers elephant rides is far from being a sanctuary.

Swimming With Dolphins

Have you watched The Cove? If you have, you know that some dolphins used for “swim with dolphins” programs are illegally captured, torn away from their families in the wild, and sold to marine parks around the world. Others are the result of captive breeding—sometimes done forcibly after drugging the mother.

Sitting on a Freaking Crocodile

I can’t believe I even have to mention this one. 😒

Riding a Camel

Camels don’t want to carry you around.

Hanging Out With Abused Primates

Sure, they’ve been conditioned to “hug” and “kiss” humans, but at what cost? Food deprivation? Solitary confinement?

Holding up a Dead Fish

There’s nothing sexy about holding up a dead animal you just pulled from his or her home and let suffocate. Fish feel pain and deserve to live without being caught on a hook, even if you plan to release them.

Man Fishing Holding up Dead Fish©

Posing With Any Other Animal You Just Killed

That deer had a family, you know.

Hunter with blurred face next to dead dear©

Posing While Eating Dead Body Parts

We have some really great veggie burger recipes for you to try.

Man in hospital gown eating burger©


We hope you know that compassion is sexy. All-veg dating apps like Veggly can make it even easier to find kinder connections.

Never support businesses that offer photo ops with wild animals, and never ride an animal when traveling or at any other time. Now, for a surefire way to get more right swipes: Go vegan! 😉