Can wild animal interactions ever be responsible?

Can wild animal interactions ever be responsible?

7 Nov 2017, 16:30 - 17:30

WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre - AF580


There is no doubt that animals still suffer abuse to provide entertainment and pleasure for unthinking tourists.Tour operators, accommodation providers and destination managers often sell products which involve cruelty to animals. It is understandable that campaigners use simple slogans as they seek to raise awareness and change consumer preferences. The issues are often over simplified. In what circumstances, and in what form, are human interactions with wildlife acceptable? Animal interactions were under the spotlight at the SATSA Conference in South Africa in August.

Speaker include:

  • Moderator: Harold Goodwin
  • Nick Stewart, Global Head of Campaign, Wildlife in Entertainment, World Animal Protection
  • David Ville, Group Sustainability Manager, Thomas Cook 
  • Tom Moorhouse, Research Staff, Department of Zoology, Oxford University 


  • Harold Goodwin


    WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor

    Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracts 2000...

  • Nick Stewart


    Global Head of Campaign, Wildlife in Entertainment

    World Animal Protection

    Nick Stewart is Global Head of World Animal Protection’s campaign that aims to keep wild animals in the wild – and not used as entertainment in...

  • Dr Tom Moorhouse


    Research Staff

    Department of Zoology, Oxford University

    Tom’s recent research has focused on the animal welfare and species conservation consequences of the human usage of wildlife for recreation. In...


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