After more than 85,000 PETA members and supporters told Gate 1 Travel that they oppose the use of elephants in the tourism industry, for which the animals are often forcibly separated from their mothers as babies, tied down, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with sharp weapons, the company stopped offering activities featuring captive elephants, joining dozens of other travel companies that have turned their backs on this abuse.
“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