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tourism

38 petitions

Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Spanish Tourism - Ireland, Spanish Tourism - Germany, Spanish Tourism - Frankfurt, Spanish Tourism - Munich, Spanish Tourism - Guangzhou, Spanish Tourism - Beijing, Spanish Tourism - London, Spanish Tourism - Tokio, Spanish Tourism - Paris, Spanish Tourism - Copenhagen, Spanish Tourism - Miami, Spanish Tourism - Chicago, Spanish Tourism - LA, Spanish Tourism - Dusseldorf, Spanish Tourism - Spain Info, Spanish Tourism - Vienna, Spanish Tourism - Rome, Spanish Tourism - Prensa, Spanish Tourism - Milan, Spanish Tourism - New York

Stop promoting cruel bullfighting

Bullfighting involves horrendous cruelty to animals. Bulls are painfully tortured with lances and spiked spears before the bleeding and wounded creatures are killed with a sword into the heart. As a grisly trophy for the matador, the ears and tail are cut off (sometimes when the bull is still conscious). This barbarism should have no place in modern Spain. By trying to lure holidaymakers into the blood-soaked bullrings, the Spanish Government's tourism body is complicit in the continuation of this cruelty. As a majority of Spaniards no longer have any interest in bullfighting, it is in many cases the tourists who keep bullrings afloat. If tourism authorities and travel agents stopped pushing tickets on tourists, it would surely spell the end for many bullrings. On the Spain.info website, Spanish Tourism states: "Come to Spain and discover the world of bullfighting - you are sure to have fun." It is not only encouraging people to attend bullfights but to also participate in the barbarity, saying "there are many companies in Spain that prepare everything necessary for you to bullfight young cows and bulls". In a world where most people oppose cruelty to animals, it is unwise of Spain's national tourism body to present it as a holiday attraction. By doing so, they risk alienating many potential visitors who view bullfighting as the abhorrent and unacceptable obscenity that it is. ACTION ALERT Contact your local Spanish Tourism Office and make it clear that, as one of the majority opposed to animal cruelty, you find it very offensive that they are actively promoting bullfighting and bullrunning. If their promotion of animal cruelty would make you chose an alternative holiday destination, please point this out in your correspondence. Gonzalo Ceballos, DirectorSpanish Tourism Office in Ireland1-3 Westmoreland Street, Dublin Tel: 01-6350200 Email: dublin@tourspain.es, munich@tourspain.es, frankfurt@tourspain.es, berlin@tourspain.es, guangzhou@tourspain.es, beijing@tourspain.es, londres@tourspain.es, nuevayork@tourspain.es, milan@tourspain.es, prensa@tourspain.es, roma@tourspain.es, viena@tourspain.es, spaininfo@tourspain.es, duesseldorf@tourspain.es, losangeles@tourspain.es, chicago@tourspain.es, oetmiami@tourspain.es, copenhague@tourspain.es, paris@tourspain.es, info.tokio@tourspain.es Tweet to @Spain @SpaininIreland Leave a comment on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spain.info.ie

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
38,930 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Ian Blackford MP, Kate Forbes MSP, Donald Cameron MSP, John Finnie MSP, Rhoda Grant MSP, Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP, Edward Mountain MSP

Address URGENT local issues before reinstating flights from Ashaig Airstrip

A group has been formed to develop a plan for a twice daily Air Service linking Skye with Glasgow or Edinburgh. The group is made up of The Highland Council, HITRANS, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd, Transport Scotland and Loganair. According to a recent report, the airport could cost up to £880-980k to run per year.  It would require the upgrading of the current airstrip with a permanent terminal building, apron (where planes are loaded and refuelled), car park, garages and storage facilities.  See below link for further information. https://www.highland.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/73767/item_7_-_skye_air_services We believe that issues such as: - Local infrastructure              - Problems caused by tourism               - The housing crisis                - Environmental issues affecting Skye should be looked at before proceeding any further.  Please sign the petition if you agree. This is currently being discussed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/573074446420800 The Highland Council needs to save £15.146 million this year and they have already increased council tax by 3%.  The costs of running flights would mean that tax payers would be heavily subsidising an unnecessary service. There are many local issues requiring urgent attention and spending.  We believe the group should address the following before even considering an air service:- Dealing with existing infrastructure problems - for example, the A82 and A87 trunk roads.  Both roads urgently need improvement, particularly around Loch Lomond.  Potholes are a huge problem on these roads and we know they are causing damage to vehicles.  The Calmac ferry service is in crisis which is affecting locals, businesses and holiday makers alike. Improving and increasing the frequency of public transport to and from Skye to the Central Belt.  Citylink currently charges £88.60 for a return bus journey from Glasgow to Skye.  Scotrail charges around £114 for a single trip from Kyle to Glasgow during peak season.  These services could be subsidised. It is predicted that if the UK’s aviation industry is allowed to grow unchecked it will account for 31% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.  Greener alternatives must be promoted, rather than encouraging a reliance on air travel.  This includes developing nationwide cycle paths, with increasing numbers of people who choose to travel this way.  The Highland Council could be investing in the Skye Cycle Way. Last year, the police were advising tourists not to travel to Skye unless they had accommodation booked.  The roads are clogged with tourists already, which greatly increases journey time for commuters.  Instead of encouraging more tourists, we need better infrastructure for current numbers and we need to make tourism sustainable here.   Due to the Council closing public toilets throughout Skye, tourists are having to use nature as their toilet.  They have not made provisions for the rising number of campervans and wild campers coming here.  A recent wildfire was started near Sligachan by a campervan owner burning his toilet paper.  People are also dumping chemical toilet contents in streams and ditches. Voluntary groups are having to clean up Skye, again due to the Council not responding adequately to the tourism upsurge. There is housing crisis in Skye.  The average home on the Isle of Skye Property Centre website is around £185k – higher than almost everywhere else in rural Scotland.  There is a disproportionately large number of second homes, and 1 in 8 households has an Airbnb listing.  Nothing has been done to address this adequately, and a knock on effect is increasing homelessness and staffing shortages due to lack of long-term lets. For more information, see http://thenational.scot/news/16055921.Forget_tourism_____Skye___s_housing_crisis_is_the_real_emergency/  This project will encourage more people from Central Scotland and further afield to buy second homes, which will only add to the problem. Skye's small businesses are flourishing thanks to tourism and their growth should be supported.  Flights would enable more efficient travel for business people, helping the local economy.  However, there needs to be some protection put in place to prevent the exploitation of land, people and resources through aggressive business practices from larger companies which don't have a sense of responsibility to the area.  The independent businesses shape Skye's unique appeal to visitors, and this market should not be spoiled by an influx of global chains. We call for the Group to consult extensively with local individuals and groups before going any further.  

Ishbel Strachan and Corinne Stephens
931 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Alexandre de Juniac

Ban single-use plastics in worldwide air travel by 2020.

Dear Mr. de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Please take a moment to read our petition. We are GEN, the Global Ecotourism Network, the world’s most experienced and comprehensive organization for those who care for the global and local impacts of travel and tourism. Not only the consumption patterns in the destinations are important, but also the way how people get there. The signatures below are from customers of your member airlines. We appreciate IATA´s measures addressing the global challenge of climate change. And we are convinced that you can easily do more, by introducing this requirement into the IATA Environmental Policies: Ban single-use plastics by 2020. There are five trillion pieces of microplastic in the ocean, with one rubbish truck load added each minute. 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year and only 12 per cent is recycled. The world's first plastic-free flight was introduced end 2018 by Hi Fly, a IATA member company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta. We wish all 290 IATA member airlines to follow. For example, to get 14 pieces of plastic on a breakfast plate is simply shocking. Everything counts in large amounts:  With more than 100,000 flights a day, when all meals and other service packs are counted, we are talking about hundreds of millions of single-use plastics on planes per day (e.g. cups, cutlery, packaging). These plastics can be reduced and replaced with eco-friendly alternatives. We would also advise the airlines to start an awareness campaign with all their customers to inform them about the harm single-use plastic is doing to the world and its inhabitants.  In our experience, with an awareness campaign, customers tend to buy in and appreciate the airlines´ efforts to contribute to a more sustainable world. Carrying 82% of the world’s air traffic, the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines have the power to make this change happen and they have the clients who care.

Global Ecotourism Network
1,871 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Inspector Aebeb, Maria Shilongo, Hon. Paulina Nashilundo

A Peaceful Swakopmund for All.

We, the residents of the International Holiday Resort Town of Swakopmund ask that you assist us in safeguarding our communities to ensure a prosperous and crime free future for all Swakopmunders and visitors to our town. We ask that our high crime areas and tourist landmarks are patrolled by visible, uniformed police and security guards to ensure the safety of our tourists and residents. We ask that those employed to protect us work together to ensure our safety. This includes all National Police Services, Security Companies, Guarding Services, Neighbourhood Watches, Peace Officers, Reservists and Task Force Members. We ask that a centralised control centre be established in Swakopmund with ONE contact number to be used in case of an emergency or to report a crime or suspicious behaviour. When all those who are sanctioned to protect us work together, in co-operation and unity, we shall have a much safer town for our Elderly, for our Residents, for our Children, for our Tourists and Future Generations. Tourism is one of our main forms of income and we cannot afford to lose but one. Of each other, our fellow Swakopmunders, we ask that we stand together, in unity, as One Town, One Swakopmund, One People, neighbour next to neighbour, in solidarity, to end crime once and for all. We all have eyes and ears. We all see and hear things. It is time we stop casting a blind eye on injustice. Our walls get higher, our dogs get more vicious and soon we will no longer even speak to each other. We are all human beings, being human, together. Let us now, fellow Swakopmunders, show each other how much we care. Together we the people of Swakopmund can create a prosperous and safe town for everyone. It is OUR choice to do so. As much as we ask our Law Enforcement agencies to look after us, we also ask each other to take care of each other. Let us all Unite in Freedom, in Peace, in Love.

Clinton Lang
4,464 supporters