These tips for wildlife-friendly travel are for anyone who is travelling abroad, and wants to not harm endangered wildlife or flora. Most of us would never dream of supporting wildlife trafficking, bullfighting, trophy hunting or eating shark fin soup, but millions do. In fact, most profits come from US and European tourists. Over 60 British hunters have killed lions, since Cecil the lion. Also see tips for sustainable travel and tips for vegan travellers.
- Be careful with ‘wildlife sanctuaries’, as many are glorified zoos. Responsible Travel says be careful with ‘elephant sanctuaries’.
- Don’t visit venues with live animals. Orcas (killer whales) at Seaworld have permanent sunburn as the water is not deep enough (it’s like living your life in a bath tub for them). They are also masturbated to produce semen for breeding; and one recently tried to beach himself, in a suspected suicide attempt.
- Don’t have photos taken with wild animals (monkeys are taken from mothers and have their teeth pulled. All animals used for entertainment suffer, from bulls in the ring to dancing bears.
- Never buy souvenirs, unless you know the source. Just say no to anything with feathers, tortoiseshell, ivory, ashtrays (some made from gorilla paws). Take only memories.
- Don’t accept rides on animals (donkeys, camels, horses). In New York’s Central Park, a charity is trying to retire horses to sanctuaries, as many suffer injuries. It has invented beautiful electric car carriages, that would give drivers more income.
- Report animal abuse (zoos, circuses). Give details (and photos if possible) to local animal shelters (make a note before you go), the police, tour operator, Freedom for Animals & Born Free.
- Boycott companies that support bullfighting etc. If you see a brochure promoting anything like this, send info to League Against Cruel Sports, who will investigate and educate the owners on what is really involved. Their site lists companies to boycott that promote ‘running of the bulls’ festivals etc.
- Buy carbon offsets from Explorers Against Extinction. They use funds to fund wildlife habitats and stop the bear bile trade and stop trophy hunting.