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Tourism

Animals affected

Birds, Reptiles, Felines, Primates, Amphibians, Cetaceans, Equidae, Elephants, Bears, Wolves, Giraffes, Seals, Sea lions, Dromedaries, Camels, Llamas

Range

Internacional

AREA OF FAADA ACTIVITY

Spain

Description

On almost any trip, whether it is part of the plan or not, tourists come across activities involving animals. With a billion tourists a year, which is forecast to grow, the potential impact on wildlife is immense.

In the tourism sector several species are used in a wide range of activities: for photos, shows, rides… the list goes on. Neither the professionals from the industry nor the travellers themselves tend to know what goes on behind the interactions which are offered by promotors as positive for both   animals and people. The result is that tourists end up participating in and encouraging activities which have serious implications for both the physical and psychological health of the individuals involved, and the conservation of the species. Sometimes even endangering their own physical well-being.  

When the time comes to travel, there are alternative responsible ways of getting to know local wildlife. Rescue centres and sanctuaries carry out a very necessary task and offer their visitors the chance to get to know their animals and the problems that affect a specific species without exploitation or abuse. Similarly, watching wildlife in its natural habitat, as long as it is managed responsibly and following a specific protocol for each case, may help the conservation of the species.

Ultimately, when planning a trip it is essential to be well informed in order to find responsible operators and avoid package deals or traditional offers which perpetuate animal exploitation.

By travelling with awareness or encouraging tourism which is respectful of animals, we take responsibility for our impact on the planet and it is one of the best ways to ensure a better world for future generations.

 

Our action

At the state level:

  • Through our project Responsible Tourism with Animals, at FAADA we raise awareness about the problems related to the use of animals in tourist activities.
  • We give talks in specialist universities.
  • We offer economic support to international sanctuaries of animals rescued from the tourist industry.
  • We offer specialist advice to companies in the sector and private travellers.

In 2016 the FAADA initiative had the support of 80 travel agencies and 200 travel bloggers. If you are a travel agency or a blogger from the tourism sector, we encourage you to get in touch with us to join the initiative.   

What can you do?

  • Find out what using wild animals in tourist attractions means and don’t take part in them.
  • Help us to spread awareness of our project and to sensitise more travellers. When booking a trip, do so with a travel agency which has signed the FAADA pledge for responsible companies.
  • If you would like to help animals and you are concerned about species conservation, visit a sanctuary. It is best not to pay to see animals in centres which keep them in captivity for profit or performing unnatural activities.
  • If you are a professional of the sector, ask us for advice about the ethical alternatives and sign our pledge.

 

Other sources

Responsible Tourism with Animals

 

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