American Friends supports the Brooke’s Responsible Tourism for Animals campaign
What's the problem?
Working horses and donkeys are part of everyday life in popular holiday destinations around the world, with millions employed in the tourist trade across the world. But overwork and bad practice can lead to animals suffering.
Many animals spend all day every day carrying heavy loads, as they taxi tourists across tricky terrain at bargain prices, often under the blazing sun, with little shade, water or rest. Exhausted animals suffer heat stress, injuries, dehydration,beatings and wounds as part of this ‘holiday experience’ with their poor owners working them hard to bring in a daily income.
What can American Friends of the Brooke do to help these animals?
Every person has the power to prevent a working horse or donkey from suffering, and the Brooke is now on hand to help caring travellers make choices
Take action to prevent animals in the tourism industry suffering by following the Brooke's ‘Happy Horses Holiday Code' - just download the code and share with your friends and family.
Sign up and pledge your support for the Brooke’s Responsible Tourism for Animals campaign (on the Brooke’s own website) and share this link with friends and family.
Upload your photos, videos and experiences of horses and donkeys being used in the tourism industry to the Brooke’s Facebook page. The Brooke also has a photo album on Flickr, please take a look and share it with friends.
Animal welfare issues in tourism
If you want to know more about the issues faced by animals working in the tourist industry, have a look at the Brooke’s website. There is also a video on the Brooke's YouTube channel showing how horses and donkeys are being overworked in the tourist trade around the world.