The Travel Corporation (TTC) (and its family of 30 global brands) is working with World Animal Protection to improve the lives of animals through profitable and sustainable tourism
The Travel Corporation’s family of brands including AAT Kings, Contiki and Trafalgar, as part of its continuing sustainability journey, have partnered with World Animal Protection to help ensure their policies and itineraries improve the lives of animals everywhere they travel.
World Animal Protection has worked with TTC in reshaping the experiences they offer to be more animal-friendly and support the phase out of cruel activities including bullfights, captive whale and dolphin attractions and, most significantly, removing elephant rides and shows from their trips visiting Thailand.
Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, The Travel Corporation and Founder, The TreadRight Foundation said:
“At TTC and our not-for-profit The TreadRight Foundation, we recognize the immense potential the travel industry has to change the world for the better and we can do that with the valuable guidance of leading organizations like World Animal Protection.”
In September 2017, World Animal Protection brought together TTC and other leading global travel companies including TUI Group and EXO Travel met with representatives of elephant riding camps across Thailand to demonstrate a shift in consumer demand for elephant-friendly tourism, encouraging them to phase out rides and shows and transition to elephant-friendly venues.
“We are proud to have partnered with World Animal Protection to work towards ensuring that the travel industry comes together as a community to protect wildlife and help show that animal-friendly venues can be profitable for local communities in the long-term. We appreciate that this is an important animal welfare issue that is bigger than any single organization,” continues Tollman.
Many Australian tourists visit Thailand to see elephants but increasingly, these travellers are beginning to understand the lifetime of psychological and physical trauma elephant rides and shows cause.
Steve McIvor, CEO, World Animal Protection said:
“Attitudes are changing as travellers are learning more about the fear, pain and suffering elephants undergo to make rides and shows possible”, says. “Travellers are increasingly demanding options that better align with their values. With the help of global travel partners like TTC we can prove that elephant-friendly attractions, those without forced and dangerous interactions with wildlife, make both ethical and financial sense for local venues. The direction of sustainable tourism is clear.”
TTC and more than 180 other global travel companies have agreed to no longer offer visits to venues with elephant rides and shows in any of their markets.
About the TreadRight Foundation
The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit joint initiative supported by TTC’s family of brands, has worked directly with World Animal Protection to implement the TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy,based on the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, to help ensure all the experiences offered by TTC’s family of brands meet globally recognized animal welfare criteria.
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 to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide. www.worldanimalprotection.ca