5 ways you’re helping elephants this World Elephant Day

10 August 2017

To celebrate World Elephant Day, here’s a recap of all the achievements you’ve helped make possible for elephants recently

We spend a lot of time spreading the word about the cruelty involved in elephant tourism attractions, like rides and shows.

But hearing sad tale after sad tale can get you down.

To celebrate World Elephant Day (this Saturday 12 August), we’re sharing some of the incredible wins people like you have helped achieve for elephants recently.

  • 15,000+ people in New Zealand and Australia have pledged to be elephant-friendly travellers, and not get taken for a ride. They’re helping tell the tourism industry there’s a whole movement of people who won’t stand for elephant cruelty. Have you taken the pledge yet?
  • More than 170 travel companies have stopped selling tickets to and promoting cruel elephant attractions. Among these are popular Australian brands such as Adventure World, Antipodean, Intrepid Travel and World Expeditions.
  • Our Taken for a ride report into the welfare of elephants in the entertainment industry across Asia was featured in more than 800 news stories around the world – generating global awareness of elephants’ suffering.
  • Up to 1,500 elephants will be protected by 2020, thanks to our new partnership with TUI Care Foundation, which will fund and support genuine elephant sanctuaries.
  • 13 venues are already offering high welfare alternatives to rides and shows – giving 194 elephants freedom to roam, forage and socialise as they would in the wild.

None of this would be possible without you.

More big steps for elephants

In September, we’re hosting a conference for the Thai travel industry to prove there is tourist demand for high-welfare venues.

If you haven’t already, make sure you take the elephant-friendly traveller pledge and tell the tourism industry you won’t be taken for a ride.

And we continue to work closely with companies including Intrepid Travel to change the tourism industry for the better, for good.

Together, we are moving the world to protect animals.

Our Taken for a ride report into the welfare of elephants in the entertainment industry across Asia was featured in more than 800 news stories around the world – generating global awareness of elephants’ suffering.
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