Wildlife. Not Entertainers.
Want to see wildlife on holiday? You’re not alone.
But did you know that wild animals around the world are facing a lifetime of suffering, just to entertain tourists?
If you can hug, ride, touch or take a photo with a wild animal, the chances are that it has gone through some kind of cruel training.
Think about it: for a wild animal to allow such close human interaction safely, they need to be tamed.
But there is no way to do this humanely. Babies are separated from their mothers and are beaten, chained and abused until their wild spirit is broken. There’s no going back for these animals: they face a lifetime of captivity and cruelty.
Uncovering the Truth
We recently travelled to Thailand with singer and TV presenter Alesha Dixon, who witnessed first-hand the truth behind some cruel attractions.
Alesha witnessed elephants walking across a tightrope, kicking a ball and spinning hoops on their trunks and said, “I feel ashamed to be a human being. I know from research that there is no humane or kind way to train an elephant and for these shows there has been intense training, and the elephants would have suffered severely. I’m highlighting this cruelty so tourists stop going and this abuse ends.”
Changing the world, together
Petitions take just seconds to support and can be incredibly powerful. Last year over 558,000 supporters who signed our petition asking TripAdvisor to stop selling tickets to cruel wildlife attractions. They listened. They will stop selling tickets to some of the world’s cruellest tourist activities, and their website will now host a new education portal, that will educate millions of tourists about the cruelties imposed upon wild animals used as props for entertainment.
We will be working closely with TripAdvisor throughout 2017 to make sure they are doing all they can to protect wild animals from cruelty.
Take the pledge to never visit cruel wildlife attractions when you’re on holiday.