World Animal Protection
TreadRight and TTC have partnered with World Animal Protection to help ensure that all experiences offered across the TTC family of brands meet globally recognized animal welfare criteria.
As part of TTC's continuing journey to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come, World Animal Protection has provided guidance in the development of an animal welfare policy to assist TTC's operations teams around the world as they vet and assess all animal-related activities TTC offers.
The TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy is designed to ensure the health and welfare of animals under human care and is based on the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare.
The Five Freedoms are:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst.
- Freedom from Discomfort.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress.
Additionally, in 2015, TTC joined more than 100 travel companies around the world in signing World Animal Protection's Elephant-friendly Tourism Pledge, committing to ending the sale of elephant rides and shows.
World Animal Protection engaged with TreadRight and TTC to ensure the family of travel brands would not send guests to venues where they can ride elephants and see shows where these majestic animals are forced to perform. To date, 160 travel companies have agreed to no longer offer visits to venues with elephant rides and shows in any of their markets.
How To Be a Responsible Wildlife Traveler
As a traveler, you can do your part to #MakeTravelMatter for wildlife around the world by following a few simple guidelines.
In 2015, TTC adopted the TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy, developed with guidance from World Animal Protection, helping us to ensure that all experiences offered across the entire TTC family of brands meet globally recognized animal welfare criteria.
The policy has been instrumental in assisting our operations teams to identify acceptable animal-related activities versus those that we simply cannot abide as we vet and assess all the animal-related travel activities that our organization offers and removing those rare activities that were not in line with the policy and replacing them with activities that meet our standards.
As a traveler, you too can be on the lookout for what to avoid in order to assure your animal-related travel experiences are rewarding for both you and the animal. There are certain practices that have a detrimental impact on animals. They can never meet the Five Freedoms. These activities can never be improved to the extent where the welfare of the animals is satisfactory, therefore they should be avoided:
• Riding wild animals such as elephants and ostriches
• Using wild animals for photo props or performances, such as tiger selfies and circuses
• Customer interactions or handling of wild animals like swimming with dolphin programs
• Animal fighting
• Animals used for begging such as snake charmers and dancing bears
• Wildlife farms like civet coffee farms, bear bile farms and crocodile farms
We have created a simple wildlife excursion list of five questions to ask so you know what to avoid. If the answer is 'yes' to any of the below questions then they should be avoided.
1. Are guests able to ride, handle, swim with or otherwise directly interact with captive wild animals?
2. Are captive wild animals trained and used for shows and performances?
3. Does the attraction sell wildlife parts?
4. Does the attraction offer guests the possibility to eat or drink animal products that cause extreme cruelty or are from endangered species?
5. Do online reviews suggest any animal welfare issues?
By refusing to support these interactions, you’ll be ensuring you’re doing your part to help #MakeTravelMatter for wildlife around the world.