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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

The seven sins of hunting tourism

Tickle, Lara; von Essen, Erica


In a review of situational pressures on tourists, we identify seven sins or risk zones that induce moral disengagement and allow for behaviour that would be considered unethical by the same people when not on holiday. The context of hunting tourism reveals the following sins act cumulatively on the hunting tourist "The Pay Effect", "The Tourist Bubble", "Last Chance Tourism", "The Bucket List", "When in Rome", "The False Display", and "The Saviour". Identifying these sins and the way hunting tourists draw from them to neutralize eco-guilt are argued to be a first step on the call to set standards and practices within consumptive wildlife tourism consistent with the Precautionary Principle in tourism planning.


Hunting; Ethics; Wildlife; Precautionary principle; Eco-guilt; Trophy

Published in

Annals of Tourism Research
2020, volume: 84, article number: 102996

Authors' information

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Tickle, Lara (Tickle, Lara)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development

UKÄ Subject classification

Economic Geography
Fish and Wildlife Management

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