Compassionate Travel: Our Advice

29th August 2014
Think carefully about visiting zoos. Many keep animals in poor conditions and allow tourist to handle animals – which causes unnecessary stress Zoos that are serious about conservation should have humane breeding programmes, designed to release animals into the wild
Avoid paying to have your photo taken with a wild animal. These animals are often taken from the wild, with adult animals sometimes killed in the process. It’s also common for animals to be drugged or cruelly trained, or for them to have teeth removed, to prevent tourists being harmed 
Stay away from attractions involving captive marine mammals like whales and dolphins – these are unnatural and stressful for the animals
Avoid souvenirs made from wild animals, including all fur, ivory, shells, seahorses, teeth, rhino horn and turtle shell products
Avoid riding wild animals, such as elephants. These animals are often captured from the wild, treated poorly and trained using inhumane methods.
By following these simple tips, you are helping to move the world to protect animals and keeping wild animals where they belong - in the wild.
Standards of animal care at tourist attractions vary greatly, but you can take action to prevent animals suffering
What you can do
If you see an animal being treated cruelly, make a note of the date, time and location, and of the type and number of animals involved. Photos and videos provide powerful evidence, but avoid paying to take them.
It’s vital to make a complaint locally, so report what you’ve seen to:
Local tourist offices
Local police
Local animal welfare organisations
Your tour operator
The zoo or aquarium (if that’s where abuse is taking place)
The national zoo association (if you have serious concerns)
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