One choice that helps keep wildlife wild

By choosing activities that don't exploit animals, you are helping to protect wildlife

When wild animals become tourist attractions, their freedom is stolen, and their natural behaviours are supressed, leading to a life of captivity and misery.  

Our world is a wonderous place that is full of life, but without wild animals creating those ecosystems and thriving in their natural environments, would that still be true? 

Today, wild animals face so many threats including habitat destruction, urban sprawl, the global wildlife trade for frivolous things like pets and trinkets, and for use as tourist attractions. 

At World Animal Protection, we believe that wildlife was meant to be wild and that it’s our shared responsibility to act.  

Together, we can protect wild animals and keep them wild. One by one.  

Choose one vacation that doesn’t exploit animals

Seeing wild animals when you're travelling can be an exciting experience, but many captive wildlife venues exploit animals for tourist entertainment.  

Knowing which venues are genuine sanctuaries and which you should avoid is not always straightforward. That’s why we developed our animal-friendly travel guide that includes quick tips and checklists that help you identify a genuine wildlife sanctuary that puts the animals' welfare first. 

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An elephant in sanctuary

Take action to help captive wildlife in Canada

Across Canada, thousands of wild animals are trapped in cages for profit, just to entertain tourists but you can help. The Jane Goodall is Act will ban the use of wild animals like elephants, great apes and tigers for entertainment and commercial trade. It will also create stronger animal welfare regulations to protect more than 800 wild animal species. 

Tell the Federal government to pass the Jane Goodall Act and end the inhumane practice of wildlife entertainment in Canada.   

Act now

A tiger chained up in entertainment venue
Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

Learn about the cruelty of wildlife entertainment

Keeping wild animals captive, whether taken from the wild or bred in captivity, causes immense physical and mental suffering.

Former dolphin trainer reveals hidden cruelty behind the industry in our explosive documentary, ‘Fooled by a smile’. Both trainers and tourists are being actively misled by venues, who are willing to do or say anything to maximize profit from the cruelty of keeping these intelligent, social animals locked up. 

“This is not love. This is not conservation. This is not education.” 

A dolphin jumping through a hoop

By the numbers

84%84% of Canadians believe wild animals belong in the wild where they can live naturally.
160Wild dolphins can travel up to 160 km every day, but even in the largest facilities, they have just 0.0001% of their natural habitat range.
1.8MMore than 1.8 million wild animals were imported into Canada over a 7-year period (2014-2020), many without proper identification or permits.

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