Moving the tourism industry

Wild animals are being commodified and exploited around the world for tourist entertainment, resulting in a cycle of never-ending suffering.

The suffering is often invisible, cleverly hidden by venues and associated travel companies. It is happening on a monumental scale, causing untold cruelty to wildlife and damaging biodiversity and our planet – but the tourism industry continues to put profits first.

Travel companies that continue to exploit wildlife for profit are looking at a risky and unsustainable future, as awareness grows and public acceptability decreases.

We are building on our strong legacy of work to end the exploitation of wildlife in the global tourism industry, to move it to a point of no return.

Like the dolphins who perform at these cruel circuses, we have had to jump through many hoops to get to this point. But after two years of tenacious campaigning, Expedia has heard the call of our supporters loud and clear

Working to end captivity of dolphins

Following our consistent campaigning, travel company Expedia Group updated it's animal welfare policy in 2021 and has committed to no longer sell tickets to captive dolphin shows.

This is a huge success for us, and dolphins around the world, as another major company joins us in protecting captive dolphins. We thank Expedia Group for it's decision to stop selling these tickets.

This is a significant step towards ending dolphin cruelty and making this the last generation of dolphins and whales in captivity for entertainment. This change of direction from Expedia Group is a testament to the perseverance of over 350,000 World Animal Protection supporters who have been campaigning tirelessly on this issue since 2019 and throughout the global pandemic, keeping up the pressure on the travel giant to do the right thing.

Whilst this move by the world's largest travel company Expedia Group is a positive one, there is still work to be done with other travel giants such as TUI, who are still supporting this cruelty.

World Animal Protection and our supporters will not stop campaigning to stop the cruel commercial exploitation of dolphins and other wildlife by tourism and other industries that profit from their suffering.

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Elephants, not entertainers

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In entertainment venues across Asia thousands of elephants suffer daily, far from their wild homes and forced to perform unnatural acts for tourists. We want a world where wild animals live in the wild where they belong. But one of the biggest barriers to this natural freedom is global tourism.

Elephants are torn from their mothers too early to be cruelly trained into learning tricks, carry heavy seats with people upon their backs, or spend their lives being bathed, hand-fed, handled and touched all-day, every day, by multiple strangers.

When not performing or interacting with tourists, some are kept on short chains and others locked in small pens where they cannot roam freely as they would in the wild. They suffer physical and psychological trauma that the visitors to these ‘entertainment’ venues cannot see.

People are often deceived by clever marketing. We will continue to work to educate tourists about the harm involved in all elephant venues where unnatural behaviours are displayed or harmful activities are carried out.

There is no simple solution for elephants in captivity, but we focus on educating tourists, reducing demand for cruel entertainment, moving the travel industry, and promoting sustainable solutions.