What you can do


De­spite there be­ing laws in In­done­sia that aim to pre­vent cru­elty to an­i­mals, these ap­pear to be in­suf­fi­cient and not ap­pro­pri­ately en­forced. It’s up to us, as tourists, to be a part of the so­lu­tion, says Pear­son, by mak­ing con­scious, eth­i­cal travel choices and avoid­ing these cruel venues and travel com­pa­nies that pro­mote, sell and sup­port these venues. And with 86,000 New Zealand tourists flock­ing to Bali in 2017, there is huge po­ten­tial to cre­ate change.

“World An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion is urg­ing New Zealand tourists to avoid these venues, and boy­cott the travel com­pa­nies that pro­mote, sell and sup­port them. If you can ride, hug or have a selfie with a wild an­i­mal, the chances are that an­i­mal has been sub­jected to cru­elty,” Pear­son says. “We are call­ing on all travel com­pa­nies in New Zealand to au­dit their Bali of­fer­ings and en­sure they are not sup­port­ing the venues men­tioned in this re­port,” he adds.

To date, World An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion has worked with nearly 200 travel com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing YOU Travel and House of Travel in New Zealand, to stop of­fer­ing ele­phant rides and shows in travel pack­ages. “It sends a clear sig­nal to other op­er­a­tors that they can no longer ig­nore this is­sue; and sell­ing such cru­elty can no longer be hid­den.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, see worl­dan­i­mal­pro­tec­tion.org.nz.

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