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Four leading travel companies are making huge profits from horrific wildlife suffering. Will you stand up for wild animals by calling out these “four travel giants”?
Take a stand for wild animals around the globe by urging these global travel giants to stop promoting and profiting from wildlife cruelty.
Elephants prodded with bullhooks to give rides, orangutans forced to perform circus-style tricks in shows, and dolphins kept in shallow, barren pools for close encounters.
These are just some of the cruel wildlife interactions that travel giants like GetYourGuide, Traveloka, Trip.com, and TUI Musement, are still promoting and selling.
Every year, thousands of wild animals are brutally ripped from their mothers or bred in horrific captive conditions for wildlife tourism.
As middlemen between tourists and venues, travel companies have the power to end their suffering by refusing to support venues where captive wildlife are forced to perform in demeaning and unnatural ways for entertainment.
With your help, we can stop them from profiting from the pain and misery of wild animals.
Cruel wildlife entertainment in Bali and Lombok
Our latest 'Holidays that Harm' report revealed that more than 1,300 captive wild animals are facing a lifetime of suffering in Bali and Lombok.
Our researchers observed elephants giving backbreaking rides in extreme heat without proper access to shade, dolphins imprisoned in tiny and barren pools, critically endangered animals like orangutans being used as photo props for selfies, and many more horrific tourist activities.
They also witnessed deeply disturbing incidents of distressed animals on the brink of harming tourists, which reiterates the fact that humans and wild animals are not meant to be in such close proximity.
But together, we can make a difference. As part of our previous investigation into captive wildlife entertainment in Bali and Lombok, several prominent travel companies and airlines were discovered promoting and selling tickets to these venues. As a result of our report and direct advocacy, Flight Centre and Helloworld removed content promoting these cruel interactions.
How travel companies contribute to animal suffering
Travel companies have a significant impact on the decisions of tourists, which is why it is important for them to take responsibility for protecting wildlife.
These companies need to take responsibility for supporting and promoting venues that engage in poaching, captive breeding, and mistreatment of wild animals.
If a venue allows a tourist to ride, hug, or take a selfie with a wild animal, it is inherently cruel. Travel companies need to understand that marketing such unethical wildlife experiences can lead to a lifetime of misery for these sentient beings.
Travel companies like GetYourGuide, Traveloka, Trip.com, and TUI Musement that promote exploitative wildlife tourism must adapt to the changing attitudes of tourists or risk being left behind.
By adding your voice to our direct outreach today, you will help us knock down their doors and call on them to stop the promotion and sale of cruel wildlife experiences.
Together, we can put an end to the horrific exploitation and needless suffering of wild animals.