Tribal Tracks believes that a robust animal welfare policy is an essential part of a commitment to responsible tourism and to making the world a better place.
We believe that tourism can be a means for positive animal experiences; however, where such experiences are not carefully managed or do not exhibit high welfare standards there is potential to jeopardise animal welfare, the well-being of the local community, or the travelers’ safety.
Around the world, there is a great deal of variation in attitudes towards animal welfare in tourism. Although we are TTA registered, Tribal Tracks has adopted guidelines developed by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) in conjunction with the Born Free Foundation, a third-party organisation whose mission it is to protect vulnerable animals from abuse. We use these organisations as well as others, including World Animal Protection, to inform our decisions regarding which activities to include or exclude when developing our tours.
Tribal Tracks opposes and discourages practices that are illegal and those that have a negative impact on animal protection and welfare. We also prohibit activities where travellers come into direct contact with animals meant for the wild, particularly where animals are touched or fed by visitors or are used as props for photo opportunities. We do not condone tourist activities that are unnatural to wildlife or endanger animals, or any sanctuary that practices breeding for commercial trade.
We expect that all animals encountered while on a Tribal Tracks group travel trip are treated humanely, with respect and in accordance with transparent and robust animal welfare standards that adhere to ABTA’s Five Freedoms:
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from discomfort
3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
5. Freedom from fear and distress
These are the minimum requirements which we expect of our partners or suppliers whose business involves or impacts animals. We recognise that by working together with all stakeholders we have the greatest potential to achieve wide-reaching and long lasting positive change; however, failure to adhere to this code of conduct may be grounds for terminating our relationship, depending on the seriousness of the violation and the particular circumstances.
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