Below you will find suggestions on who you can contact to raise your concerns, plus links to their contact details. Scroll down for guidance on what you could say in your letters or emails.
UK residents can find details of the relevant country's Embassy or High Commission on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. The London Diplomatic List contains details of country representatives in London, the name of the Ambassador or High Commissioner, & their email/postal address.
If you do not live in the UK, you can find contact details of the relevant country’s Embassy or High Commission in your home country at www.embassy-worldwide.com
If you are a UK resident, contact details can be found on the website of The Association of National Tourist Offices & Representatives.
If you do not live in the UK, contact details for the tourism authority based in the country concerned can be found on the website of the World Tourism Organization.
It is important that the zoo or captive animal 'attraction' hears directly from their concerned customers & international tourists.
Many places claim that they never receive any complaints about the treatment of their animals, so please make your concerns known.
If the country concerned is part of the European Union (EU), & you are an EU resident, write to your MEP.
You can find their contact details at: www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html.
Reputable companies should be obliged to investigate your concerns involving any animals seen on an excursion or at a hotel or facility booked through or promoted by them.
This also reminds them that animal welfare should be an important issue on their agenda.
Contact newspapers & online news sites to report your eyewitness concerns & encourage them to publish an associated story.
Sending accompanying photos &/or videos of the animals involved may be helpful in evoking their potential interest in covering your story.
Many countries or regions have specific zoo associations, claiming to offer the best standards of animal care & guidance to member zoos. If you have visited an association member zoo, raise your concerns.
Online review sites, such as Trip Advisor, are a great source of information & useful for raising awareness of problems at captive facilities & locations around the world.
If possible, also post photos to support your review.
If the option exists, writing a review & providing constructive feedback on a captive facility's, 'attraction's' or hotel's website is also great at spreading the word.
The publishing company or author of any magazine, brochure, guide or book that has recommended or promoted a captive animal facility or 'attraction'.
Perhaps you saw an advert or positive review in a publication, which lead to you visiting a location, but resulted in concerns for captive animals there. Or you might already have existing concerns following a past visit & can't believe it is being promoted in their publication.
The most effective emails or letters are usually short and concise. Around 300 words should be adequate to relay your comments and concerns. Be specific about why you are writing and what concerns you have. Did you visit the facility with your family or friends? Did you pay an entry fee or buy a ticket? If you did, you have the right to raise your concerns about the welfare of the animals you encountered.
For more specific guidance in relation to raising your concerns about captive animals in the United Kingdom, please visit: TAKE ACTION: CAPTIVE ANIMALS IN UK