This month’s travel link up is inspired by Polly, who even through extremely tough and testing times manages to brighten everyone’s day and is always thinking of others. She started an amazing #spreadalittlesunshine campaign on social media to encourage people to carry out acts of kindness.
This month’s theme is ‘kindness: where you have travelled to make a difference or about people or acts that have had an impact on your travel.’
The thought that first came into my mind when thinking about kindness whilst travelling was about animals and animal welfare.
As many of you know we have a fur baby, our whippet Snoopy, who we adopted from our local rescue centre nearly seven years ago and we really couldn’t imagine life without him. Every few months we like to go back to the rescue centre and take donations with us, such as blankets, newspapers, pillows etc. and we always buy Snoopy some treats from the on-site shop and have a go on the tombola as all proceeds go back into the centre.
Luckily the UK has lots of laws in place to protect animals who don’t have a voice for themselves, however, sadly many other countries do not.
When travelling it saddens me deeply to see how some animals are treated, but not all the poor treatment shows on the surface and it really is about education.
Animals truly belong in the wild and trust me there is nothing as magical as seeing them in their natural habitat.
If you see an animal dressed up, in chains and you can pay to take a selfie with it, please think twice as it is likely that animal has undergone mental and physical torture to get them to comply and they are often drugged to keep them docile.
Elephants should never under any circumstances be ridden, NEVER, and they should not be kept in chains. If you are going to a destination and want to see elephants please do your research and please do this very well as there are places that call themselves ‘sanctuaries’, but they just use that word as a tourist hook.
Jess from the Travelista visited an ethical Thai Elephant Care Centre on her trip to Thailand. This ethical centre takes in elderly elephants who cannot be released into the wild. You can read about her visit here
Swimming with dolphins is also something we see offered lot when on holiday, but dolphins have a much lower survival rate in captivity than in the wild, often caused by the stress of captivity, the ordeal of how they were transported to the captive facility, the stress of being ripped away from their families and the conditions they have to live in. Instead, opt for dolphin-spotting out on the open waters that has no interaction with the animals. How magical must it be to spot dolphins swimming in the ocean? No animal should be forced or ‘trained’ to perform and to interact with humans.
It is imperative we all do our bit to support animal welfare. In years to come do you want to have to explain to your son/daughter/niece/nephew/grandchildren why they can never see a Asian Elephant, Black Rhino or a Bengal tiger? These are just three of many species which are now currently on the critically endangered and the endangered species list.
Let’s encourage our future generations to feel the thrill of going on a safari and spotting these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat or feeling the joy when they hear there are now no more whales kept in captivity.
Sadly it is us, the human race, that has forced these animals into captivity and are continuing to do so as tourists by paying money to see them perform or to have photographs with them. Please, please do not help fund this cruel trade.
My dear friend Binny has written a beautiful piece which highlights the issues in such a moving way I had to share it with you all, so please do have a read.
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As a fellow animal lover, I am so happy to read this and that there are actually a lot of people out there that are serving as voices for these beautiful creatures. I do love snoopy’s cute little face!
Author July 5, 2018 / 11:16 am
Thank you so much! Hopefully we will see things change in the future, I think it’s all about education xxx
Thank you for writing this, this is so important!
Author July 5, 2018 / 11:15 am
Thank you so much. If we all make these small conscious decisions hopefully we can change things for the better
I LOVE THIS and it is such an important consideration. I wish more people viewed it like this and didn’t participate in the activities that result in the awful treatment of animals. Side note, can you please bring your fur baby to London with you for an aunty Binny cuddle?
Author July 5, 2018 / 6:29 pm
Thank you Binny, I’m really glad you like it. Snoopy is always up for cuddles!
Great article, I couldn’t agree with this more. People don’t seem to realise just how awful places like Sea world and dolphin swimming experiences are.
I had a lovely experience and the Cornish seal sanctuary last week, here they rehabilitate seals and sea lions, generally harmed by plastics and release them back into the oceans. The only ones that live there permanently are the ones who wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild. I think it’s so important to do your research properly before giving your money to these places!
Author July 5, 2018 / 6:30 pm
Thank you so much Em. Sanctuaries like the one you visited are where people should be going, it’s mostly about education xxx
Great article! We need these kind of reminders out there to help fight against these issues
Author July 5, 2018 / 6:31 pm
Thank you for reading! It’s such an important issue and one that us very close to my heart x
A really thought provoking post. Well written. It is such an important issue.
Author July 5, 2018 / 6:32 pm
Thank you Gemma that’s really kind of you to say.
Great article Laura and so true. I have swam with dolphins when I was younger without thinking of the consequences or knowing much about the background information. Looking back I wish there was more out there about it all. Also thinking of Shamu and what the poor whale must have been through. I definitely feel there is more knowledge out there and people like Binny are definitely spreading the word
Author July 5, 2018 / 10:42 pm
Thank you so much. I think a lot of it is down to education, most people don’t realise what is happening and what they have to endure.
Fabulous tips! I love how many people focused on animal tourism responsibility in this month’s linkup. Your pup is such a cutie… we also have two rescue pups who are enjoying a better and safer life now!! They are truly family members <3
Author July 10, 2018 / 12:51 pm
Thank you so much Sarah! I love reading everyone’s posts!
Snoopy is such a schmoop! I honestly don’t understand how people can treat innocent animals so badly.
Author July 10, 2018 / 12:53 pm
I know its terrible isn’t it, so sad that it is still happening regularly all over the world.