At Uneasy no settle we campaign for change in the tourism industry on issues that we are passionate about. We do this because we want to help protect our favourite places, cultures and wildlife from unethical practices and irresponsible tourism. We want to create a more caring tourism industry. Over recent years we've formed relationships with activists, local communities, NGOs and people who think differently about tourism - they bring the issues to our attention if we don't spot them first.
With regards to Tiger safari there are several issues for tourists to lend their support to...
Animal welfare
Just look at the name of the world’s leading animal welfare charity to get the picture. Born Free. Because when we remember that wild animals are born free, it doesn’t take long to realise that when they are used in tourism, they are far from it. Although they may look ‘healthy and happy’, wild animals should never be forced to interact with humans. Dolphins or orcas in tanks, tigers in chains, people riding elephants or hugging lion cubs more often than not involve wild animalsbeing coerced or mistreated. As are many more domesticated animals, such as at rodeos. And in some cases, just watching whales or swimming with dolphins in the wild can restrict their freedom too, when handled irresponsibly. Read more about our animal welfare stance.
Tiger Temple boycott, Thailand
The Tiger Temple is a Buddhist Monastery otherwise known as Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno Forest in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, and home to over 160 tigers kept and bred in captivity. No more than a bad zoo, with limited capacity or expert care, don’t let the word ‘temple’ instill any false sense of animal welfare, as tigers are holed up and chained up for nothing more than entertainment purposes. Not only cruel, there are extreme safety concerns here as tigers have direct contact with tourists who can walk them, pose for photos with them, kiss them, hug them, and even put their children on their backs. On so many levels, Tiger Temple is wrong and for this reason we ask tourists and tour operators to boycott it as it undergoes international and national investigation.
Educating travelers about responsible tourism
Travelers are becoming more and more aware of the impacts their vacations can have in the world, compared with even ten years ago when so many people turned a blind eye to bad ways simply because we think that we all deserve a break. At Uneasy no settle we try to educate rather than lecture. With tips that how easily we can turn negative impacts to positive ones, engage with communities not just stay within gated ones, understand conservation not just tick off safari sightings, think local and think slow. While still enjoying vacations of a lifetime in places that need us to give a little something back too.
Had enough of mass tourism
We run many campaigns at Uneasy no settle, but Had Enough, which we ran in 2004, emanated from research that showed nearly three quarters of travelers we interviewed had had enough of destruction caused by mass tourism. The campaign sought to persuade the likes of Thomas Cook and Thomson Particular to publish responsible tourism policies - which they did very shortly after our campaign launched. Since then, some of the big tourism companies have improved, but many haven’t. For example, almost 90 percent of all inclusive vacation sales stay in the UK, water consumption in tourism in drought ridden countries is unethical, coastlines are destroyed, villagers displaced, families forced into poverty and children into sex tourism. It is not a pretty picture. Which is why, at Uneasy no settle, we still campaign for change. Read more about our campaign
Support our call for redirecting Air Passenger Duty to fund electric airplane technology
The UK Government raises £3bn a year from taxation of flights - a tax called Air Passenger Duty. Despite initially saying this was an 'environmental' tax the Government has never given any information about how the money is spent.

Although tourism faces many challenges in becoming more sustainable, by far the biggest is the carbon emissions caused by burning aviation fuel, kerosene.

We are calling on the UK Government Government to commit a substantial sum from this existing tax revenue to invest in the R&D required to deliver electric powered technology for commercial aviation.
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