Ethical Animal Encounters: Travel Tips from Experts

Ethical Travel: Navigating Animal Tourism

JourneyWoman LIVE: June 23, 2020
6:30 pm EDT  

Navigating animal experiences while travelling can be tricky. We’ve invited experts from academia and animal tourism to share some basic guidelines for us on what to do – or not do – so that we’re more informed when we start travelling again.

This session will be moderated by Carolyn Ray, CEO + Publisher, JourneyWoman.

She’ll be joined by two experts: Dr. Carol Kline, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and Founder of Fanimal, and Nora Livingstone, CEO + co-Founder of Animal Experiences International.

Questions are welcomed in advance at info@journeywoman.com.

 [Read: Embracing Authentic Travel as a Way of Life]

Registration Information

If you are not on Facebook you can participate on Zoom. Please pre-register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This session will also be broadcast live on Facebook on the JourneyWoman page and archived on this website for later viewing.

Pre-Reading material: 

Tourism Concern: Research Briefing – Animals in Tourism (2017) 

National Geographic: Suffering Unseen (2019)

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Carol Kline

Dr. Carol Kline is an Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Appalachian State University in the Department of Management. She has travelled extensively to Ghana, Peru, Cuba, Grenada, the Galapagos Islands, and all over Europe.

 Her research interests focus broadly on tourism planning and development and tourism sustainability but cover a range of topics such as animal ethics in tourism, tourism entrepreneurship, niche tourism markets, and tourism impacts to communities. (Selected works include: Tourism Experiences & Animal Consumption: Contested Values, Morality, & Ethics (2018) and  Animals, Food and Tourism (2018).)

 Carol is also the founder of Fanimal, a non-profit organization she launched in 2018 to further satisfy her thirst for animal-related knowledge, her desire to network with animal-focused people, her wish help others find satisfaction by bringing animals into their life and careers, but most of all to be a part of something bigger for the betterment of animal treatment.

Nova Livingston

Nora Livingstone has extensive travel and volunteer experience. She has volunteered with animals in such places as Nepal, Oman, Sierra Leone and Costa Rica. She loves the idea of empowering people to live their dreams and travel while helping animals.

Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She is an Online Suicide Intervention Specialist and holds an internationally recognised competency certificate from the QPR institute. She recently became a Good Travels Travel Advisor. While working as a volunteer coordinator at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Canada, Nora was able to gain extensive knowledge of volunteer management.

Nora holds FEMA certifications for volunteering, leadership and deployment during natural disasters, which she has put to good use rescuing animals in places like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Having spent thousands of hours in planes, trains, tuk-tuks, buses, canoes and in her dirty ol’ hiking boots, Nora is excited to be helping people experience AEI’s animal adventures for themselves. Nora is a Nature Canada, Woman for Nature and is on the advisory board of the Orangutan Project.

Photo: Nora in Sierra Leone

Note: We’re grateful to our speakers for offering their time, energy and expertise to help our women’s travel community during COVID-19 through free webinars. In recognition of their generosity, and to support our efforts as a small business, we’ve started a Pay-What-You-Can initiative.  If you find this webinar valuable, please consider supporting us here. Thank you!

How to Join

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  • Join on time and ask questions using the live chat

To attend a webinar from Zoom, you should:

  • Register in advance to reserve a seat
  • Join at least 5 minutes prior to test your connection and equipment
  • You will be put into a Waiting Room when you join; this is a security precaution
  • The host will start the meeting
  • Ask questions using the Chat function
  • More information on Zoom is below for first-timers

Zoom Resources

JourneyWoman has a paid Zoom Pro account which allows us an upgraded experience from the free account. Zoom allows both video and non-video communications. Each participant must have registered in advance to receive a password, and the host will review all participants before the call begins. You can connect on your phone or computer using a link or dial in to a toll-free number. When you join, you will be put in a waiting room until approved.  To ensure privacy, we have disabled screen sharing. During the call, the host may mute you so that others can be heard.

Joining a Meeting https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Zoom security and safety: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/20/keep-uninvited-guests-out-of-your-zoom-event/.

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