ElderTreks, the world’s first adventure travel company tailored exclusively to people 50 and over, removed all elephant-bathing activities—including trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage—from its tour offerings. The company committed to removing these activities after hearing from PETA that elephants used for baths often endure the same abuse as those used for rides—which the company had already stopped selling—and that all direct-contact activities contribute to the demand for wild capture and captive breeding of elephants to be used at tourist attractions.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind