Animal Welfare & Wildlife Policy

At Veggies Abroad, we are deeply committed to upholding the highest standards of animal welfare and responsible tourism practices.

We firmly believe that all animals deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect, and as such, we do not support or engage in the exploitation of animals for any purpose. Our dedication to animal welfare extends to every aspect of our operations. We strive to create travel experiences that not only showcase the beauty of the destinations we visit but also promote ethical interactions with wildlife and the environment. By prioritizing animal welfare and responsible tourism standards, we not only ensure the well-being of animals but also contribute to the preservation of natural habitats and ecosystems.

three gray elephants standing at a snack feeder in thailand

We believe that by making ethical choices in our travel experiences, we can inspire others to do the same and work towards a more compassionate and sustainable future for all beings.

a single light tan and gray sloth hanging from a branch in costa rica

Animal Activities You Won’t Find on Our Itineraries

  • Captive Animal Performances: Shows or performances that involve wild animals, such as circuses, dolphin or whale shows, and elephant rides. Additionally, we will not support zoos.
  • Wildlife Selfies: Taking photos with wild animals in captivity or in unnatural settings, often in exchange for money. These interactions can cause stress and harm to the animals and may contribute to their exploitation and captivity.
  • Trophy Hunting: Hunting animals for sport or trophy collection. Trophy hunting can lead to declines in wildlife populations, disrupt ecosystems, and contribute to species extinction.
  • Animal Fighting/Racing: Including but not limited to bullfighting and running, crocodile wrestling, dog fighting, rodeo, elephant polo, and horse racing.
  • Cub Petting and Wildlife Encounters: Interactions with young wild animals, such as lion cubs or tiger cubs, often in tourist attractions or wildlife parks. These activities may involve breeding animals for cub petting, separating young animals from their mothers, and subjecting them to unnatural and stressful conditions.
  • Feeding Wildlife: Feeding wild animals in tourist areas or urban environments can disrupt natural behaviors, alter ecosystems, and create dependency on human food sources. It can also pose risks to human safety and contribute to wildlife aggression and conflicts.
  • Unethical Souvenirs: Buying souvenirs made from wild animals perpetuates harm to wildlife, supports illegal and unethical practices, and undermines conservation efforts. Instead, travelers should choose souvenirs that are ethically sourced, sustainable, and support local communities without harming wildlife or the environment.
  • Additional Activities: Bathing, riding, walking with a wild animal, swimming with dolphins/seals/etc., feeding, carriage rides, or touching. We also will not promote activities that, while it may appear that the animals are living freely, they are clearly only present in an area for human entertainment.
a pack of elephants with one baby elephant traversing the grassy african savannah

The Use of Domesticated Animals

Veggies Abroad doesn’t sell activities that utilize domesticated animals like horses, ponies, donkeys, etc.

Five Domains of Animal Welfare

When choosing activities that involve animals, we utilized World Animal Protection’s animal welfare template and the Five Domains of Animal Welfare to determine if an activity is unethical. These Domains include:

Additional Animal-Friendly Travel Help

If you’re not booking travel with Veggies Abroad, we encourage you to book with a company that has taken a wildlife-friendly travel pledge. Also, look for accredited wildlife sanctuaries or ones endorsed by animal welfare organizations, as well as companies that publicly share responsible travel policies. When in doubt, always ask.