For Immediate Release:
7 May 2019
Nikunj Sharma; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Concerned About Elephants and Other Animals, Travel Company Touts Commitment to ‘Prioritising Animal Welfare’
Mumbai – After extensive correspondence with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, online travel service Cleartrip has announced a new animal-welfare policy for its Indian market that ends promotions of animal rides as experiences and a “robust reporting process” for any instances of cruelty to animals witnessed by its customers. Part of its new policy states, “Cleartrip will not acquire, publish and market any content which involves animal rides.”
“PETA India is toasting Cleartrip for joining the scores of other travel companies that are cutting ties with tourist traps that profit from animal suffering,” says PETA India Corporate Liaison Rajsekhar K. “Travellers can do their part to help animals by keeping all animal-exploiting operations off their itineraries and using only forward-thinking travel agencies – like Cleartrip – that are working to help animals.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that horses used for rides in the country’s horse-drawn carriage industry are routinely overworked and that riders have been hurt or even killed when the skittish animals have been spooked and have run amok on busy city streets. And elephant rides and all other activities that involve direct contact with elephants contribute to an industry that subjects the animals to ruthless training sessions in which they’re barbarically beaten and keeps them chained in place when not being used as tourist attractions. In addition, such activities are dangerous for humans and can even be fatal: not only have captive elephants been known to lash out in frustration, they can also carry tuberculosis, which can be transmitted to humans.
More than 50 travel agencies – including global operators such as smarTours, TripAdvisor, The Travel Corporation, Intrepid Travel, and TUI Group – have committed to not offering activities that exploit elephants.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.