Travel & Tourism
When people go on holiday, they can inadvertently fund animal torture and death due to the places they go and the way they travel.
Many people do not look in to how the country that is their intended holiday destination treats animals. By supporting the tourist trade of a country that has a poor animal welfare record, people are condoning such treatment of animals and rewarding the country responsible with money. This gives them no reason to stop their barbaric treatment of animals.
Countries wish to project a certain image, which is attractive to tourists. However, if people dig a little deeper, they can find out the truth about how the country treats animals, such as on this page.
What people do while they are on holiday also matters. Tourist attractions that use animals to encourage tourists to part with money are often funded by people who do not realise that the animals are often treated with heart breaking cruelty and kept in terrible conditions.
People sometimes even think that by giving money to people who are offering animal entertainment, they are helping the animal be looked after.
Restaurants sometimes keep wild animals in small cages as attractions for diners.
Image: Tomi was kept in a small cage at an Albanian mountain restaurant. He has thankfully now been rescued, but charity Four Paws says there are many more bears in similar situations in Albania and other countries. Credit: Daily Mail
Dancing bears are often used to entertain tourists. They are treated cruelly, being beaten, kept in tiny cages when not performing, and neglected.
Taking elephant rides supports the elephants abuse. The spirits of these wild animals are broken in the most cruel of ways and they are kept in terrible conditions. See more details here.
When people travel to their destination, they do not usually consider whether they are funding an airline / ferry company that supports animal torture and death, such as transporting animals for the animal experimentation industry, or transporting killed trophy hunted animals.
By giving their money to companies who do this, people are condoning and rewarding the company responsible and encouraging them to continue with their cruel actions. If people protested by closing their wallets to these companies because of the cruelty they support, it would soon be stopped. You can find information on travel companies at the bottom of the Cruelty Free Shopping page.
You can see more about all these issues on the Support Cruelty Free Travel & Tourism page.
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