Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge on SelfishMe Travel
Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge on SelfishMe Travel
Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge on SelfishMe Travel
Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge on SelfishMe Travel
Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge on SelfishMe Travel
Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge on SelfishMe Travel

Protecting Animals in Tourism Pledge

SelfishMe Travel pledges to never knowingly sell tickets to places, properties, shows, or events where you can:

  1. ride a captive wild animal
  2. swim with a captive wild animal
  3. touch, pet, hold, kiss, or hug a captive wild animal
  4. wash or bathe a captive wild animal
  5. pose or walk with a captive wild animal on a leash or chain or other bondage
  6. watch a captive wild animal dance, play a sport, perform tricks, give massages, paint pictures, or any other kind of entertainment.

Admittedly, I used to love going to the circus as a child. However, the behind the scenes cruelty that was exposed in the Barnum & Bailey circus practices plus going on safaris in South Africa and Botswana changed me and my thoughts on wildlife mammals (land animals).

And, as recently as June 2018, I watched shows that included dolphins, seals, and orcas performing tricks at famous aquariums. Yes, even after the Sea World exposé, it did not penetrate my subconscious.

However, when I went to an “approved” Elephant Sanctuary outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2018, everything seemed above board, at least that’s what I thought. But then one of the employees rode back to town and quietly explained to those of us sitting in the back, that we should not be washing the elephants. These pachyderms have lived through centuries beyond any records and know how to wash themselves. These were rescued animals not ones in need of special care. So this add-on “to keep the tourists entertained” was one he did not agree with at all but he still needed a job. I’m glad I did not participate in the washing but I was more concerned with what was in the mud pit as opposed to whether it was ethical or not.

Anyway, that conversation struck me hard. Finally. There must be something that I can do to help. But what?

Go. See. Do. Be.

I became a Tourism Cares Meaningful Travel Ambassador last year and learned some very valuable information. First and foremost, Wildlife are not entertainers!

Here are some of the cruelest acts inflicted on wild animals:

  1. riding elephants
  2. taking tiger selfies
  3. walking with lions
  4. visiting bear parks
  5. holding sea turtles
  6. performing dolphins
  7. dancing monkeys
  8. touring civet coffee plantations
  9. snake charming and kissing cobras
  10. farming crocodiles

I no longer approve of zoos, aquariums, animal shows, or animal circuses.

I no longer approve of places where animals are held in cages, tanks, pits, farms, or on chains for any kind of entertainment, reproductive or productive purposes.

However, I will support animal rescues and sanctuaries that follow the sanctuary checklist and video below.

For more information, please read this online article, titled “Abuse in Animal Tourism“.

Also click on these PDFs: Checking out of cruelty and sanctuary checklist and watch the video below:

I hope that you will join me in protecting our natural world and the wildlife amongst us and to be especially conscious of the impact of our actions while on vacation.

Go. See. Do. Be.

I had the best trip ever using SelfishMe Travel. We discussed what I wanted on my trip and she designed my itinerary that fit me. I had a wonderful time. I would recommend SelfishMe Travel to anyone at any time.

Sandra B

Danielle is an awesome travel agent! She helped us decide where and how to spend our 5th Anniversary. We had a wonderful time at the RIU in Cabo! I plan to use SelfishMe Travel for all my future travels.

Aleah and Rick F

Danielle Lewis exemplifies all of the characteristics that one would expect in a travel agent. She is professional, efficient, meticulous, and pleasant. Any stress or concern relating to your travel experience is quickly resolved. We worked with her to cancel a trip that was scheduled during the coronavirus nightmare and the process was effortless. One of the many benefits of having a good travel agent. We highly recommend her services.

Frances G

SelfishMeTravel helped me research and select the right dream cruise for me to New Zealand! Thrilled to work with Danielle who is a world expert in travel.

Joanne G

SelfishMe Travel LLC created my ideal Christmas Market trip. Danielle gave me a few options to choose from, and when I made my selection, she booked me in great hotels that were located centrally to all the best markets. I had an awesome time and will continue to make SelfishMe my go to travel agent.

Yolanda H

Planning a trip can be so stressful, especially if you’re not very familiar with your destination, or when you’re on a tight budget. But Danielle is a master at travel planning, and will work with you to tailor the perfect trip for you, so that the hardest part for you is waiting for the first day of your adventure. I can’t believe I waited so long to use a travel agent; SelfishMe is vacation planning at its best!

Shannon S

See SelfishMe Travel’s Facebook Review page for most of these reviews.