We aim to improve the lives of animals in tourism through a variety of campaigns. Here’s some recent ones:
Animals around the world are used as ‘photo-props’ – meaning tourists can pay a small fee and have their photo taken with them. Slow lorises in Thailand, lion cubs in Cancun and monkeys in Marrakesh are among those being used in a trade which hides a dirty secret.
This campaign aims to alert tourists to the story behind the photo, which often includes:
- The animal being ripped away from its mother at a young age, with the mother being killed in the process
- Up to 50 animals dying for every one that is seen on the streets
- Animals being de-clawed and having their teeth ripped out
To find out more, visit the No Photos, Please! Campaign page.
The RIGHT-tourism Zoo Review is a quick but informed guide to the quality of places where the public can see animals, including zoos, dolphinariums and other attractions.
We’ve used a range of measures, taken from information available online, to judge how well the animals at the particular zoo or animal attraction are looked after. More than just a ‘review’, the results are actually a Quality Index which will allow tourists and the attractions themselves to judge how well the attractions are performing.
Tiger Temple – Temple of Lies
This famous temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, is a popular destination for tourists from around the world. Visitors can walk and play with tigers and cubs, and have photographs taken, up close and personal. The Temple markets itself as a haven for rescued tigers, where the tigers are tame because of the way they are raised.
However, the truth is less appealing. A Care for the Wild investigation in 2008 revealed a few unsavoury details, and we returned in 2013 to see if things have improved. Tiger lovers should be aware that the Tiger Temple is, in reality, a petting zoo for tigers and a breeding centre. The tigers are kept in small cages for most of their lives, and there are question marks about the diet they are fed which leaves them tame enough to be petted. Safety concerns for tourists are also raised.
We’d urge you to read this report before you visit.
Elephants playing football, elephants with hoops, elephants painting – these kind of shows are often visited by tourists in Thailand. But many people don’t see the abuse that the animals suffer – until now.
A video, taken by a tourist at the Namuang Safari Park in Ko Samui, shows the horrific treatment elephants must endure for the sake of ‘entertainment’. The shock of the crowd as the trainer smashes his metal bull-hook into the elephant’s head is clearly heard. RIGHT-tourism has started a petition to the Tourism Authority of Thailand to try and end this kind of abuse – forever. Click on the link above to go to our campaign page, or go directly to the petition.
Save the Cancun Lion Cubs
We have joined with other animal welfare organisations to campaign against the use of lion cubs, and other ‘big cat’ cubs, in the tourist resorts of Mexico. The use of animals like this as ‘photo-props’ is legal, so our petition, alongside Spanish animal welfare group Faada, and the Born Free Foundation, aims to get the practice made illegal.
Despite claims by the organisers of these “photo shoots” – that the animals are orphaned, that any donations received will help feed them and that they are provided good living conditions – the reality is very different.
The peitition is now closed but you can read it here.
To find out more about this issue, take a look at our No Photos, Please! Campaign, above.
How can a blog be a campaign? Easy, when it’s the RIGHT-tourism blog!
If you can’t find the information you need regarding animals in tourism on the RIGHT-tourism website, then you’re bound to find it in the Blog. Information is power, and will enable you to make the decisions which will help animals (even if that just means not taking part in a particular activity).
The Blog also allows you to tell us – and everyone else – what you’ve seen. The good, the bad or the ugly, whether it’s a zoo with poor conditions, a well-run whale watching operation or a safari that hands out educational material – we want to hear about it. Then once everyone else has heard about it, we can slowly but surely make the animal tourism industry more responsive – and improve conditions for the millions of animals it uses.
Go to the RIGHT-tourism Blog now!