Target: Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor
Goal: Applaud company for eliminating sales to cruel animal attractions and promoting animal welfare education.
Well-known travel guide site TripAdvisor has decided to fight animal cruelty by halting ticket sales to attractions that are known to be harmful to animals. The company is also making efforts to educate people on some of the practices that these attractions use. This great news was made possible by the hard work of animal welfare organizations and by petitions like this one, signed by ForceChange activists like you.
Many attractions will be removed from their ticketing site straightaway, and they hope to remove all by early 2017, when a new educational portal will be launched.The portal aims to teach people about animal welfare practices in certain industries. The site will also explain how wildlife tourist attractions can negatively affect conservation efforts.
Many popular attractions treat animals inhumanely. Tiger attractions sedate tigers to make them more docile so tourists can play with them safely. Swimming with dolphins can put stress on the animals, which are often forced to spend their lives in captivity. Elephants are often put through a cruel training process before tourists can ride them. One protection agency, World Animal Protection, estimates that over 550,000 wild animals suffer due to tourist attractions promoted by TripAdvisor.
This new policy could really help end the physical and mental suffering of many animals. Visiting animal attractions can result in more animals being taken from the wild to participate in attractions. Sign this petition to thank the CEO of this company for helping to stop cruelty to animals.
Dear Mr. Kaufer,
I want to thank you for taking action to ensure that cruel animal attractions are no longer promoted on your website. Hundreds of wild animals go through immense suffering because of these attractions. These actions will help to diminish the number of tourists that support this abuse.
Creating an educational platform to ensure that people know about the inhumane practices these attractions use, and about how tourism can negatively impact conservation efforts, shows your commitment to sustainable tourism. Educating people on these issues will help people make cruelty-free choices when planning out their vacations.
This new policy will hopefully force a cruel industry to collapse or completely reform its treatment of animals. Thank you for supporting conservation and animal friendly tourism.
[Your Name Here]
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