Great news for elephants on World Elephant Day! Several key Dutch tour operators have announced that they will no longer be offering elephant rides and shows with travel packages. Instead, they will offer compassionate alternatives to travellers.
The aim is to create a switch in the Dutch travel industry as a whole, towards venues where elephants are provided as much freedom as possible and are allowed to roam in a natural habitat. This practice will be the beginning of a gradual, sustainable phase-out and contribute to making the tourism industry more conscious of animal welfare.
Mark Green, managing director of Baobab Travel said: “WSPA has opened our eyes about the cruelties behind elephant rides and elephant shows, credit where credit is due. We cannot sell this, not to our travellers and not to our children. That is why we wholeheartedly support the initiative."
Elephant-friendly tour operators now include among others, Oad Reizen, Baobab Reizen, SNP Natuurreizen, Djoser, and Stip Reizen. With your support, we will continue to push for all Dutch travel operators to choose alternatives that allow elephants as much freedom as possible.