TORONTO, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - A new partnership between international
charity World Animal Protection and adventure travel company World
Expeditions sets a high standard for animal welfare in tourism.
World Expeditions has already won awards for environmental initiatives,
responsible tourism and improving the living conditions of people in
some of the most remote communities in the world. Last year, they
removed all instances of elephant rides from their trips and that
important change inspired them to do even more to protect animals.
Partnering with World Animal Protection, they have developed an Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct ensuring wild animals are only viewed in their natural habitats,
requiring diligent research when evaluating visits to sanctuaries and
preventing products made from animals (e.g. ivory and turtle shells)
from becoming souvenirs. Together they have developed a list of quick tips for travellers and World Expeditions has committed to never include cruel activities
such as posing with tigers or walking with lions in their itineraries.
"Many tourists who love animals are simply not aware of the hidden
cruelties that go on behind the scenes at wild animal attractions and
they unknowingly contribute to animal suffering when they participate
in activities such as elephant rides or posing for a photo with a
tiger," says Josey Kitson, Executive Director of World Animal
Protection Canada. "By partnering with World Expeditions we can reach
tourists and help local tour operators find alternatives that improve
the lives of animals around the world."
"We believe that all animals should have a good life and that we have a
duty to protect them. We are glad to have World Animal Protection's
guidance on our code of conduct as we know that it is the best way to
ensure that we improve the lives of animals everywhere we travel," says
Donna Lawrence, Responsible Travel & Brand Manager for World
Expeditions. "The code applies to our local operators, employees and
our travellers. It sets a high standard for the treatment of animals
across all possible encounters on our trips," she continues.
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About wild animals in tourism:
From elephant rides to walking with lions, selfies with tigers to
swimming with dolphins, wild animal attractions are currently part of
too many holidays. Yet tourists are largely unaware of the cruelty that
goes on behind the scenes. Tourists might think riding an elephant or
walking with lions does no harm. But the brutal truth is that breaking
these animals' spirits to the point where they allow humans to interact
with them involves cruelty at every turn; snatching them from the wild;
transporting them; keeping them in isolation and beating them to break
their wills. Visit www.beforetheybook.org to learn more about how we can help end this cruel trade.
About World Animal Protection:
World Animal Protection, formerly known as the World Society for the
Protection of Animals (WSPA), is active in more than 50 countries. From
our offices around the world, we work with businesses, governments,
local partners and animal welfare organizations. We help people to find
practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide. We collaborate
with national governments, and we have formal relationships with
international bodies including the Food and Agriculture Organization of
the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the
Council of Europe and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
We seek national and international policy change to improve the lives
of millions of animals, because animal protection is a fundamental part
of a sustainable future.
About World Expeditions:
World Expeditions is one of the world's leading adventure travel
companies offering ground breaking itineraries on every continent. The
company has been operating small group trekking and adventure travel
holidays and vacations since 1975. We are widely recognized for ground
breaking Responsible Tourism initiatives. In particular, the award
winning Community Project Travel Program helps to improve the living
conditions of some of the world's most remote communities. Today, with
offices around the globe, we offer more than 500 standalone
itineraries; small group active adventures and expeditions, cycling and
walking tours and cultural journeys. Each itinerary has several
scheduled departure dates throughout the season.
SOURCE World Animal Protection
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