Wildlife. Not Entertainers.
May 30 to June 5, 2016
From May 30 to June 5, animal and environmental activists LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are joining forces with World Animal Protection to promote animal friendly tourism.
A life entertaining tourists is no life for wildlife. Across the world, at least 550,000 wild animals are used in the tourist entertainment industry.
Seeing wild animals when you travel can be such a memorable part of any travel experience. However, many tourists may not be aware that these animals often suffer unseen cruelty and abuse. Animals suffer at every stage of this inherently cruel business and endure lifelong misery in barren captive conditions that cannot meet their needs.
From May 30 to June 5, all sales (excl GST) from LUSH Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion will go towards World Animal Protection from sales online lush.com.au and in stores nationwide.
What can tourists do to ensure animal friendly tourism?
Things to Avoid…
- Don’t get a selfie with a wild animal or “cuddle” a lion or a tiger cub.
- Do not support attractions that force wild animals to perform tricks and shows. Do not visit dolphin shows and do walk away from street shows involving dancing monkeys.
- Do not book an elephant ride or visit an elephant show. Sometime these are marketed as ‘Be a mahout for a day’ excursions.
- Walk away from fights between animals, such as bullfights, cockfights and crocodile wrestling. Paying for these cruel performances continues a lifetime of abuse and injury.
- Do not buy souvenirs which are made from wild animals, such as a bag made of crocodile leather, a bracelet made of ivory or jewellery made of coral.
- Say no thanks to local dishes which are preceded by extreme animal cruelty, such as shark fin soup, bush meat, frog legs, foie gras or tiger wine.
Try this instead…
- See animals in the wild ensuring you are always far enough away from the animals.
- Visit a genuine wildlife reserve or sanctuary, making sure there isn’t direct contact between visitors and animals and animals are rescued, not bred in captivity.
- Buy locally produced, environmentally sustainable souvenirs that are free from animal products. It will support local communities and contribute to the conservation of animals and their natural habitats.
- Visit a nature conservation project or volunteer at one. By planting trees for example, you help contribute to the conservation of elephant and orangutan habitats.
- Take part in active eco tours where nature and wildlife are not disturbed.
- Complain when something does not feel right! If you see animal cruelty, please report this to the (local) authorities or a local animal welfare organisation.
An open invitation to help LUSH support animals
LUSH invite our customers and the public to come and learn more instore with an afterhours VIP event at LUSH in Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. Guests will be invited to hand make their very own fresh LUSH product, hear from World Animal Protection and walk away with a goody bag.
When: June 1, 2016
Where: LUSH QVB, Sydney
LUSH is driven by innovation and an unwavering commitment to ethical business. LUSH invents, manufactures and retails fresh handmade cosmetics, such as the patented fizzing bath bomb, fresh skin care and packaging free cosmetics and skin care. LUSH operates under a strict policy of fighting against animal testing and supports fair trade and community initiatives around the world. In 2010, a pioneering project called the Sustainable LUSH fund was established to focus on regenerative permaculture farming, creating a sustainable supply chain for many ingredients. LUSH is a campaigning company working in the field of animal rights, human rights and environmental protection.
About World Animal Protection
World Animal Protection is an international charity that has been working on issues that affect animals around the world for more than 50 years. They seek to end the needless suffering of animals and influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda. With regional hubs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America, WAP move the world to protect animals.
Photo: (Above) Chaz McGregor