#justonerhino shows bloggers and companies can collaborate for conservation

http://youtu.be/EyWawRQQwdc At WTM in November, Colin Bell, founder of Wilderness Safaris, proposed an innovative approach to addressing the problem of poaching wildlife such as rhino and elephant in Africa. Companies profiting from tourism to the continent would pay a 1% levy on profits towards the conservation of the species that are a major reason why tourists visit. It's an elegantly simple proposal that highlights what can be done through co-ordinated collective effort - and it deserves to … [Read more...]

Could there be ‘responsible’ dolphin shows or are some things beyond certification?

In 1981 I went to Seaworld in California, aged 8 years old. I saw Shamu the killer whale, and went home with a beloved soft toy Shamu. It was one of the happiest days of my young life. Years later, while researching an article on the impact of captivity on killer whales, I discovered something which shattered my fond childhood memory. Shamu was dead. Actually it was worse than that - Shamu wasn't just dead. He'd died over and over again. No one seems too sure how many times he's died. Because … [Read more...]

SPOTLIGHT: a survery of organisations working for the protection of animals in Tourism

The importance of animals in tourism is rarely commented upon. Yet for many tourists our holidays involve experiences that connect us to other members of the living world. Everything from going on safaris to visiting zoos and aquaria. Birdwatching to deep sea fishing and scuba. Horse, elephant or yak rides. Whale watching to shark cage diving. Then add to these encounters the food choices that any non-vegan makes while travelling, be it the local cheese or pate from the market to the Blue fin … [Read more...]