The Travel Corporation in collaboration with the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, is proud to announce the adoption of a new TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy.
As part of The Travel Corporation’s continued journey to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come, the TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy will help us to ensure that all our experiences meet globally recognised animal welfare criteria. Based on the Five Freedoms, a compact of rights for animals under human control, the Animal Welfare Policy asserts that animals under human control should have freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury, and disease; freedom to express normal behaviour; and freedom from fear & distress.
This newly adopted policy will assist the operations team as they vet and assess all animal related activities The Travel Corporation offer. Those rare activities that may not be in line with the TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy will be phased out and replaced with activities that meet its standards.
In the spirit of our commitment, on October 4, World Animal Day joined World Animal Protection in signing the Elephant-friendly Tourist Pledge. By signing the pledge, we commit not to sell, offer or promote venues or activities involving elephant rides and shows. We commit to offer only those with a high standard of elephant welfare and conservation, with responsible viewing of elephants in wild or semi-wild habitats.
“As The Travel Corporation and our family of brands continue on our sustainability journey, guided by the TreadRight Foundation, we recognise the importance of continually adopting new best practices and policies in the interest of helping to drive the positive transformation of the travel industry,” says Brett Tollman, CEO, The Travel Corporation and co-founder of the TreadRight Foundation. “We are proud to collaborate with World Animal Protection in the interests of ensuring the industry embraces animal-friendly tourism and strengthens wildlife protection.”
The announcement of the TreadRight Animal Welfare Policy and the signing of the Elephant-friendly Tourist Pledge reaffirm and strengthen The Travel Corporation’s commitment to wildlife already established by our continuing support of the TreadRight Wildlife Initiative, which works in partnership with WildAid and the Wilderness Foundation – Africa to ensure the well-being of animals.