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7th Annual CABI LSBU RVC Symposium

Tourism and Animal Welfare

A 21st century dilemma for veterinarians, animal welfare organisations, tourists and the tourism industry

13th June 2018
London South Bank University

Polar Bear foot seen in contrast to a human hand at Copenhagen Zoo.Young cub at  famous Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, ThailandDonkeys as transportation in the mountains near the Psychro Cave in Crete, Greece

Speakers include:
Don Broom
, University of Cambridge
Neil Carr, University of Otago
Glen Cousquer, University of Edinburgh
Clare Jenkinson, Association of British Travel Agents
Tom Moorhouse, University of Oxford
Stuart Patterson, Royal Veterinary College
Jan Schmidt-Burbach, World Animal Protection
Daniel Turner
, Animondial

Chaired by Maria Diez-Leon, Royal Veterinary College

13th June 2018, 13:00-19:00

Registration from 13:00
Programme begins at 13:30
Drinks reception from 17:30

Click here to find out more and register

Earlybird tickets are available at £20 until the 18th May. Standard tickets will be available after this time, at £25. Discounts apply for students and BSAVA members. For more information on tickets, and to secure your place, please visit our event website, or email for more information.



Attendees will also be entitled to a £10 discount on Tourism and Animal Welfare.


There is a strong link between tourism and animals, whether in zoos, marine parks, or on safari. Tourists encounter animals in many different situations: photo opportunities, street performances, animal rides and specialised ‘sanctuaries’ such as elephant homes and tiger temples. Tourism may benefit wildlife, by funding wildlife animal conservation, as well as providing vital income for local communities, but the exploitation of animals in animal entertainment can be a cruel and degrading experience for intelligent sentient creatures.

Veterinarians, committed to working for the health and welfare of animals, need to know about the issues surrounding tourism and welfare, and the science and the evidence concerning these welfare issues. It is also essential to understand the culture and relationships between animals and their keepers in the destinations. Meanwhile, in the tourist industry, animal welfare issues
can have a strong influence on a person’s choice of holiday, a fact that is appreciated by animal welfare NGOs.

This symposium brings together experts from both the tourism and veterinary worlds to examine the science, economics and welfare issues involved in the use of animals in tourism, and to discuss how animal welfare in tourist settings can be improved. It comprises presentations from recognised experts and a panel discussion chaired by Maria Diez-Leon from the Royal Veterinary College. It will be followed by a networking reception, where you can meet the speakers and discuss the issues.