“One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering”, said mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead. It certainly adds up to us at Intrepid, that experiencing animals you may have never seen before, in new environments, is part of the very essence of travelling. However, with the amazing opportunity that this presents, comes an obligation to act in a responsible way to best ensure the welfare of the animals.
Carmel Molloy, CEO of WSPA Australia, explains more: “I will never forget a holiday that I had to India, where I saw an elephant restrained by its owner and forced to bow down to tourists by kneeling every few minutes on a concrete floor. You could see that this repetitive action was causing him pain, yet people flocked round, seemingly unaware of the daily torment that this wild animal faced. People paid money to see it happen again and again. Wild animals should be protected, not used, abused, farmed or sold.