Other ways to help
Please like and comment on our posts and blogs. We need you to share what you know now, before it’s too late. The elephants need your voice to make this change, and they need the support of your friends and families too.
Elephant by elephant, village by village, one circus and zoo at a time, change is coming and again and again we thank you for helping create a better world for elephants and people.
Change the Face of Tourism
Post about Ethical travel on the trip advisor forum or get a conversation going here.
Or, email their management and tell them to discourage elephant rides and circuses and promote true sanctuaries and reserves.
141 Needham Street Newton, MA 02464
Smarter Travel is a trip advisor sister site. Give’em a double whammy for elephants and write them both! You can email the editor here.
Smarter Travel Media LLC
500 Rutherford Avenue Boston, MA 02129
If you are traveling to Thailand, these are the folks who suggest what to do and where to go. Please tell them to end the use of elephants in shows, letting them know that you support seeing animals, especially highly esteemed Asian Elephants, in a natural, compassionate environment. You can leave a message for the Tourism Authority of Thailand here.
Tourism Authority of Thailand
1600 New Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi,
Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Phone: +66 02 250 5500, TAT Contact Center:1672
Fax: +66 02 250 5511
This is who to contact to lodge complaints related to tourism business operators, tourist retail outlets or tour guides, or to report unethical tourism practices. Email them here.
Thailand Office of Tourism Development
Ministry of Tourism and Sports National Stadium,
Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 2219 4010 – 17
Fax: +66 (0) 2216 6906
We heard it over and over again: “What tourists desire is what the industry will provide”. Please consider writing a respectful letter asking for more options to see elephants in sanctuaries or in the wild.
Tell them that tourism is changing and you want compassionate, and ethical options. Let the Tourism Office know you want to visit and see elephants in sanctuaries, not temples. Let them know respectfully how you feel about seeing elephants chained up and alone in the name of compassion.
Sri Lanka Tourism Head Office
No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 112426900
Fax: +94 112 440001 / 2426984
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
1st Floor, No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03
Phone: (+94) 11 242 6900
Fax : (+94) 11 242 6986/ (+94) 112332132
Sri Lanka Director-Tourism Development & Planning
Mr. P.U. Rathnayake
Phone: (+94) 11 242 6900 (ext 331/203)
Raise Your Voice for Elephants in Zoos
Contact the zoo in your area and tell them the elephant exhibit makes you really sad. Share with them why you won’t bring your family, wanting instead to share a more humane approach about the wonder of wild animals with your children. Tell them that humane conservation doesn’t mean forced breeding and cruel confinement, and wildlife education isn’t the same thing as captive animal observation. Tell them we can do better, and we will.
Talk to your town!
In the US, find your elected officials’ contact information at www.vote-smart.org and tell them the true story about an elephant’s life in a zoo. Talk with any group you can (schools, clubs, libraries), write an OpEd or hold a peaceful protest – just get the word out about confinement vs compassion. Many of us have friends and family that love the zoo. Share what you know and maybe they won’t go!
Put an End to Animal Circus Shows
Just say no to animals in shows! Pinterest up, Tweet out, OpEd in, Yelp it down, and Share it round and round again. Plan a protest or write a letter to the editor asking sponsors to stop supporting any circus that uses animals. Support legislation protecting circus animals, and write circus sponsors telling them you will not attend any circus with wild animals. The animal abuse that they try to sell you as “entertainment” survives because people don’t know the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of the cruelest show on earth.