Animal Writes
From 4 May 2003 Issue

Compassionate Traveler:

The newly-updated Compassionate Traveler Web site, a resource for travelers who care about animals, provides information about animal issues at tourist destinations in dozens of countries.

Compassionate Traveler features monthly updates on animal issues around the world, as well as links to information on animal-friendly travel, Compassionate Traveler guidelines, and more. The Compassionate Traveler is a project of the International Wildlife Coalition, in partnership with the Pegasus Foundation.

"Compassionate Traveler is a Web-based service for all people who love animals and who also love to travel," said Compassionate Traveler director Melissa Lubofsky. "Often when animal lovers travel, they see animal abuse that disturbs them. Compassionate Traveler gives them a place to learn more about a tourist destination before they travel, and it also gives them an opportunity to do something about animal welfare issues they might observe."

In addition to the Web site, the Compassionate Traveler sends out a monthly email newsletter featuring travel-related animal welfare action alerts and animal-friendly travel information. Recent alerts included updates on dolphin-safe tuna labeling, the slaughter of the Yellowstone Park buffalo herd, and the reopening of the ivory trade. Readers are also kept up to date on dolphin captivity issues, the Canadian seal hunt, manatee protection in Florida and humane stray animal solutions in the Caribbean.

"Tourists have the ability to create change by voicing their concerns in writing and with their dollars," said Anne Ostberg, program officer with the Pegasus Foundation. "Many tourism destinations depend on tourism dollars," added Daniel Morast, president of the International Wildlife Coalition. "If tourists let local governments, hotel operators and others know that they will not return to a particular location until animals are better treated, it is likely that people will listen and respond. On the other hand, tourists can encourage those that care for animals by visiting places that are animal-friendly."

Interested individuals can sign up for the free Compassionate Traveler monthly E-mail alert by visiting the Web site at: 

For more information, contact: 

Anne Ostberg
Communications Director/Program Officer
The Pegasus Foundation
27 Merrimack Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone: 603-225-3918
Fax: 603-225-4624
Web site: 

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