Ever ridden an elephant or camel, swam with dolphins, had a selfie with a bear cub, or taken a horse-drawn carriage ride while visiting another country or city? You may not have realized it, but that activity was almost assuredly the product of animal cruelty. On this week's edition of Voices for the Animals, Michele Coppola speaks with Ben Williamson, Program Director for World Animal Protection U.S. about the terrible cost to animals who are forced to perform, entertain, and otherwise interact with humans as part of the tourist trade. Before you travel again, make sure to listen to this show!
Click here to see the video we refer to that documents how baby elephants are cruelly "trained" for the tourist trade in Thailand.
Click here for an elephant-friendly tourist guide from World Animal Protection!