Summer Holidays

Dear Friends of Wildlife,

It’s that time of year again!

Holiday fever!

You know what I am talking about. You have packed the bags, the sunscreen, the floppy hat and you are heading off for a bit of well-deserved R&R somewhere warm (even warmer than the UK) to soak up the sun and a bit of culture and relax.

And while you are there you may be tempted to visit one or more of the local attractions and it could be a zoo, a circus, a fiesta with animals, a dolphinaria displaying orca or even a place where you can swim with dolphins…


Just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean that it is OK to do things that if in the UK you would throw up your hands in horror about!

Honestly, the what happens on holiday stays on holiday mentality is OK in many respects but not in my view when it comes to animal suffering.

But, if you do decide to visit facilities with captive animals please go with an enquiring mind.  Please take photos.  Please let me and the Zoo Check team at Born Free know about your experience.  We are making significant progress in terms of changing attitudes towards the ongoing exploitation of wild animals in captivity for ‘fun’.  But we need your help and we need to know what is going on across Europe.  Knowledge is power and with power we can make a difference.

If you would like to take one further step then before you go, visit the Travellers’ Animal Alert page at so that you are fully prepared and know what to do.

Now, go on, off you go and have a brilliant summer holiday wherever you are (and make sure it is an animal friendly one too).

Blogging off,


One Response to “Summer Holidays”

  1. Donna Mackenzie Says:

    So important to spread the word on these issues. Never fails to amaze me that so many people still know so little about the plight of wild animals in captivity. When checking out the new elephant house at a local safari park last year I overheard a small boy asking his mother why the elephants didn’t have tusks. (It was because they ground them down on fences while in other zoos where they were badly treated and miserable). Anyway the mother replied “That’ll be the ones that have been hunted for their ivory”!!!! Aaaggh. They were gone before my chin came up to rejoin my face and I could put them right. Shows how important it is for thsoe of us who know better to take action.