Responsible Tourism – Animal Welfare Statement

Our Team at We Are Travel are committed to encouraging ‘responsible travel’ and the promotion of animal welfare. Whilst we understand that animal attractions can offer travelers the opportunity to learn about different species and types of wildlife, we only support travel experiences that adhere to high quality standards, in line with Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare.

We Are Travel actively discourage our customers from participating in any activities that exploit either wild or domestic animals.  All of the escorted tours featured on our website are compliant with this statement and we never knowingly sell tours that include activities or excursions that put animals at risk.

We have specifically selected our partner Tour Operators based on their responsible tourism and animal welfare principles – meaning that the hundreds of holidays we feature not only avoid animal exploitation but actively support the communities they visit.

Our Commitment to Animal Welfare:

Animals are meant to roam free and to live their lives in their natural habitat.  As such, we do not promote any activities involving animals in captivity; unless it is in the animals best interest and they are well cared for and suitably supported.  For instance, we actively support tours operating in national parks and conservation centres where animals are protected from poaching or focussed on the rehabilitation of injured or endangered animals.

In 2015 we reviewed our product portfolio and removed any suppliers who promoted elephant rides or petting/walking with wild animals.  We believe that seeing wildlife in their own habitat is the perfect way of sharing this planet with the most amazing animals and mammals of all shapes and sizes.

We Are Travel work in line with ABTA’s Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism and are committed to working only with partners who share this commitment.

We do not feature any holidays in our website involving riding wild animals. A small number of trips involve the opportunity to ride animals such as horses, camels and donkeys.  Before the rides, experienced Tour Guides will observe the health and wellbeing of the animals and encourage you to choose an animal that is appropriate to their size (less than half their body weight).

In 2015 we reviewed our product portfolio and removed any suppliers who promoted elephant rides or petting/walking with wild animals.  We believe that seeing wildlife in their own habitat is the perfect way of sharing this planet with the most amazing animals and mammals of all shapes and sizes.