Thousands of animals, including donkeys, horses, mules and camels, work in the tourism industry across the world on rides, treks and tours. These working animals support the livelihoods of their owners, making it possible for them to earn a small income.
Sadly, some of the animals used to pull carriages or carry tourists and luggage endure poor welfare conditions. They may not have access to fresh water, proper breaks, shelter from the hot sun or safe and comfortable equipment. Animals may be overloaded, overworked and neglected, and many working animals in low-income countries may have no access to routine veterinary or professional care, which can lead to serious health and welfare issues.
As a tourist, you can positively influence the way in which owners treat their animals. SPANA’s Holiday Hooves guide provides you with the information you need to help make ethical choices for working animals while travelling
These guidelines are designed to help you identify responsible animal tour providers and animal-related activities that demonstrate good animal welfare, so you can be assured that the animals are well cared for. Whether you are booking a horse-drawn carriage trip, a donkey ride, a camel safari or a pack mule mountain trek, follow SPANA’s Holiday Hooves Guide to help ensure the welfare of working animals.
Read our Holiday Hooves Guide.