Save The Asian Elephants charity CEO Duncan McNair is spearheading the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill and he is urging animal respecting people to contact their MP to encourage the government and all parties to ensure the Bill becomes law asap.
The Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill passed its Second Reading at the House of Lords and it is due to go to the Committee stage on the 5th September.
You can support the new Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill to progress through Parliament and into new law, as promised now by Government, by:
- Signing the STAE petition at stae.org
- Sending the cut and paste letters on stae.org to politicians and foreign High Commissions in London:
- Spreading the word to the media, writing articles, sharing on social media
- Introducing STAE to large and influential audiences and media publications
- Volunteering for STAE
- Telling your travel agent why you want no direct contact with animals on holiday.
This Bill is among the most important animal-related bills ever in the UK, protecting millions of endangered animals worldwide and has now passed its Second Reading in the House of Lords.
Save The Asian Elephants (“STAE”) with the backing of 100 leading UK animal welfare charities and influencers is pioneering the Bill to end the UK’s sale and advertising of practices abroad where wildlife is cruelly exploited in tourism. The Bill, a world-first for Britain, has attracted interest from many nations across the world including the EU bloc, USA and Australia.
The Bill has passed all stages in the House of Commons without opposition and now the charity urges the public to support this most vital measure.
STAE’s goal is for the Bill to pass into law with huge public backing, so keeping government’s focus on implementing it most robustly.
By prohibiting the UK advertising and sale of access to activities abroad which involve cruelty to animals, the Bill will steer the market towards ethical and safe venues.
This will throw a lifeline to numerous endangered species and enable their observation in natural surroundings from a respectful distance, and without transmission of highly infectious and deadly TB. It will also protect tourists from species such as elephants who often attack when provoked by torture.
STAE’s CEO, Duncan McNair, states:
“STAE has pioneered such measures because of the brutal treatment of numerous species in modern tourism, so much generated in the UK. Such law will curb promotion of ruthless practices upon many species in favour of genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves.
STAE has built a vast database of evidence of appalling abuse of animals at tourist facilities vigorously promoted by UK based travel companies. Abused species such as Asian elephants when provoked often attack tourists, sometimes fatally. Unethical conditions also encourage the transmission of deadly zoonotic diseases like TB.”
The UK market lacks any effective regulation. Law is needed to prevent such brutality to vulnerable and endangered species. The market is huge and growing. In Thailand captive elephants gave 13 million rides in 2016 and yet only 2,800 tourist elephants survive there, many worked to death. In 2018/19 two million UK tourists visited India and Thailand. 32% of those visiting Thailand reported riding an elephant or wishing to. The Asia-Pacific tourist market is the fastest growing in the world.
STAE has identified to date over 1,200 UK based travel companies advertising nearly 300 brutal overseas elephant venues alone.
SOME KEY TOURISM ATROCITIES HAPPENING NOW:
To Asian elephants: isolation, daily beating, stabbing, malnourishment and overwork.
To elephants and numerous other species:
- snatching from the wild, which harms them, local wildlife populations and local people,
- mothers killed, injured or harmed to capture infants,
- breeding mothers kept in and forced to raise their young in cruel facilities,
- infants taken from their mothers too young,
- a high mortality of animals in transit and trade,
- animals kept in unnatural and harmful forms of captivity, particularly damaging to long lived species and those accustomed to a large range in the wild,
- animals forced to perform unnatural behaviours,
- the use of fear, pain or drugs or the treat of their use to control and ‘train’ animals,
- the use of methods of domination to traumatise and subdue animals,
- animals closely handled by multiple untrained people giving no option to retreat,
- risk of zoonotic disease transmission especially with animals used as photo props and handled by numerous people,
- keeping of animals no longer used for exhibition in cruel surroundings or their killing before reaching their natural end of life.
STAE is calling on the UK government to ensure the passage into law as soon as possible of the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill, in line with its past pledges to help elephants and other endangered species in line with its action plan on animal welfare.
SOME OF STAE’S HIGH PROFILE SUPPORTERS:
- Actress and animal rights advocate Dame Joanna Lumley
- Comedian, actor and animal welfare campaigner Ricky Gervais
- Conservationist and TV presenter Chris Packham CBE
- Primatologist and anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall DBE
- Actress & animal welfare campaigner Evanna Lynch
- Actor & animal welfare campaigner Peter Egan
- STAE board member and conservationist Stanley Johnson
- STAE Ambassador, zoologist and TV presenter Megan McCubbin
- STAE Ambassador, polar explorer and conservationist Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Read about STAE’s notable Board members including Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Ian Redmond OBE, Dr S. Chinny Krishna and Hon. Jigmi Yoser Thinley.
What would it mean for this law to be passed?
A crucial step towards saving many highly endangered iconic species across the world.
What will it mean if the law does not go through?
A disastrous lost opportunity to arrest the brutal treatment and decline into extinction by Man’s hand of many wondrous and important creatures.
About Save The Asian Elephants’ CEO Duncan McNair.
Duncan is a lawyer practising in commercial and Wills litigation, author and animal welfare campaigner. Duncan undertakes extensive pro bono charity work, especially in the field of local communities and animal welfare.
In 2015 he founded Save The Asian Elephants (“STAE“), a coalition of politicians, academics, lawyers, field experts and campaigners working to protect the Asian elephant from abuse and extinction (www.stae.org).
He has addressed numerous influential audiences on the issues arising and solutions formulated by STAE in liaison with specialists in India, the UK and worldwide. Duncan was named “UK Animal Hero of the Year” (2018) in an event attracting 851 nominations. In 2021 STAE was named among the 9 best elephant charities in the world for the impact of its work.