Target: Geoff Manchester, Co-founder and Director of Intrepid Travel
Goal: Applaud travel company for taking a stand against abusive animal attractions
After realizing how much cruelty and abuse is inflicted upon many wild animals to fuel tourism demands, co-founder and director of Intrepid Travel, Geoff Manchester, has decided to support a campaign against elephant rides and animal attractions. Intrepid Travel, a small travel company founded in Melbourne, Australia, has also stopped including elephant rides in its itineraries as a part of the company’s pledge to stop cruelty and abuse toward wild animals and to support animal-friendly tourism.
Since making the changes within the company, Intrepid Travel is also encouraging other travel agencies and companies to support the end of animal entertainment. Many people do not realize the amount of physical and mental abuse these animals are forced to endure during their lives as part of a tourist attraction. In most cases, the animals involved in these attractions were illegally poached and captured in order to fuel the increasing tourism demand.
By removing elephant ride information from its itineraries for countries that offer that attraction, such as Thailand, Intrepid Travel is taking a stand against the cruel business of animal entertainment. There are many other alternatives for tourists to enjoy that do not involve the exploitations of defenseless animals. Sign this petition to applaud the actions of this Australian travel agency.
Dear Geoff Manchester,
I would like to thank you for supporting the campaign against elephant rides and animal attractions. I have recently learned that you have removed elephant ride information from your program as part of your pledge. I am happy that your company is following through on its promises to help put an end to this cruel entertainment business.
Many animals are forced to endure physical and mental abuse as they are exploited by the animal entertainment business. As the popularity of animal attractions increase, many wild animals are poached and captured to fuel the demands of tourism. No animal should ever have to go through tortuous training just for the sake of our entertainment.
Thank you again for taking action against this issue. I sincerely hope that many more travel companies consider animal-friendly alternatives for their tourist programs and save innocent animals from a life of abuse. If enough people support the end of animal attractions, then together we can end this and protect the lives of countless animals from being exploited.
[Your Name Here]
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