Responsible Tourism


The Holiday Hooves Guide is packed full of advice on how you can choose healthy looking donkeys, horses, mules and camels for activities abroad.

Download your free copy of SPANA's ethical animal tourism guide, Holiday Hooves.

Activities like a camel safari, donkey ride or a horse-drawn carriage tour can be a unique way to see a different country on holiday and thousands of us enjoy these excursions every year.

But despite the relentless hard work of animals pulling carriages or carrying tourists and luggage, they can be poorly treated, neglected and beaten. Also many do not receive any veterinary care in the event of illness or injury, which can lead to serious health and welfare issues.

As a tourist, you are in the unique position to positively influence the way owners treat their animals. By following SPANA's Holiday Hooves guide, you can choose to support the owners who treat and care for their animals with kindness and respect. In turn, this will encourage others to do the same.

Simon ReeveTravel author and television presenter Simon Reeve supports this work saying:

“I’m proud to be supporting SPANA’s responsible tourism campaign to improve the welfare of animals working in the tourism industry worldwide. Travelling around the developing world I’ve seen for myself how families rely on working animals for their livelihoods. But a life of work shouldn’t mean a life of suffering- these animals work hard and they deserve to be treated with respect and compassion.

“SPANA’s campaign is about helping holidaymakers to make informed choices, recognise healthy animals and know what to do if they see mistreatment. It’s also about encouraging tour operators, animal owners and governments around the world to take the issue seriously and – with the public’s support – sending a message that only the highest standards of animal health and welfare are acceptable.”

Download a copy of Holiday Hooves, our ethical animal tourism guide, complete our online form to receive your free printed copy, or call +44 (0)20 7831 3999.

Have you come across mistreated animals that you need to report? Download this list of tourism board addresses to find out who to contact.

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