2015’s wave of cage-free commitments shows no sign of slowing in 2016
Just before the holidays, our partner Nestlé joined many corporations and fast food chains with a pledge to source only cage-free eggs when it announced its commitment to implement this change in the US by 2020. The world’s largest food company, Nestlé’s decision will dramatically improve the lives of millions of hens for years to come.
Thanks to supporters like you, 2016 has already seen continued change in the food industry with Target, Denny’s and California Pizza Kitchen joining the movement. With no signs of slowing, the move of these corporations to exclusively source cage-free eggs in response to your demand is changing an entire industry and establishing a new precedent for farm animal welfare.
12 dos and don’ts for animal-friendly vacations
Animal cruelty can be an unintended byproduct of tourism. Elephant rides, selfies with tigers, swimming with dolphins, zoos and circuses often mean a lifetime of suffering for the animals involved.
You can be a compassionate traveler. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes at these “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences and make decisions that prevent animal suffering for tourist entertainment. Here are some dos and don’ts for your next trip. And click here to learn more about the cruelty of keeping wild animals in the entertainment industry – and how you can help.
1. Experience wildlife in their natural environments.
2. Do not go to wild animal shows and watch them perform tricks.
3. Visit a certified sanctuary and avoid places that breed animals in captivity.
4. Do not ride an elephant. Elephants at tourist venues are subject to cruel training and routine abuse.
5. Buy sustainable souvenirs to support local people.
6. Do not buy souvenirs made from wild animals, like crocodile bags or ivory bracelets.
7. Avoid food that involves extreme animal suffering, like foie gras or shark fin soup.
8. Help with a conservation project – i.e. plant trees to preserve the habitats of elephants and orangutans.
9. Do not pay to watch a a fight between animals like bulls or chickens. Animals trained to fight endure a lifetime of unimaginable suffering.
10. Choose to take ecotours that don’t disturb nature and wild animals.
11. Do not touch wild animals; say no to “hugging” lions or tigers. These animals are drugged and beaten into submission to allow tourists to be close to them.
12. Be their voice. Express concern if you witness animal cruelty and share the information with travel providers or a local animal welfare organization.