The Travel Corporation (TTC) is jumping in to do its part to help save and protect the animals of the world and recently partnered with the World Animal Protection.
With their announcement, the TTC and its family of 30 global brands will now work together with World Animal Protection to help improve the lives of animals throughout the world. This includes supporting the phasing out of cruel activities in various nations, including bull fighting, using captive whales and dolphins as attractions, as well as putting an end to the elephant rides and shows including in their trips offered in Thailand.
For decades now, Thailand has been a popular tourist spot, especially as the beaches in and around the tropical country have gained international fame. However, a usual part of the experience of visiting Thailand is riding elephants. In recent years, more and more travelers are beginning to understand just how much psychological and physical trauma such rides inflict on the elephants.
For example, in 2017, a survey showed that there was a 9% drop in the number of people who thought that elephant riding was okay. The same survey also showed that more than 8 out of 10 tourists preferred seeing elephants in their natural environment.
TTC, along with at least 180 other global travel companies, have all agreed to put a stop to offering visits to venues that offer elephant rides and similar shows. Back in 2016, TripAdvisor also announced that they would no longer sell tickets to similar experiences as well as others where tourists are in direct physical contact with captive wild animals including endangered species.
The World Animal Protection is formerly known as World Society for the Protection of Animals or WSPA. It is active in more than 50 countries around the globe and work with local businesses, governments, as well as other animal welfare organizations to find practical ways to put an end to the abuse of animals all over the world.