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With a full career focused on the welfare of animals, Stuart brings a unique understanding and new perspective to the role of an Animals In Tourism auditor.
Having gained significant experience on rehabilitation projects within various African countries, covering rescue, capture and reintroduction then progressing to managing collections at UK zoos and safari parks, we are pleased to now introduce him as one of Global Spirit's skilled consultants.
“The travel industry can play a positive role in the future of animal welfare and conservation and with the right education, awareness and influence, can provide a significant change for the better."
Global Spirit was established to become the tourism industry solution to managing animal welfare. A consistent way to assess activities involving animals wasn't available and we created the audit to achieve that goal. Our impartial and solution orientated approach to the auditing of animals in tourism has been well received and our audit has been used globally since 2015.
Vocal from the beginning in the importance of working together on this topic, we now find many of Global Spirit's objectives being replicated throughout the industry and we are proud to have inspired a collaborative approach to this topic.
We have a simple objective to raise the standards of animal welfare across the tourism industry and we believe the productive and collaborative working relationships we have with all of our clients is the way to achieve this.
An original founding partner of Global Spirit and now the sole director of Global Spirit Animals In Tourism Ltd. Hayley co-authored Global Spirit’s comprehensive, peer reviewed audits and created the support tools and services which have been successful in facilitating the implementation of a global set of criteria across captive animal and wildlife attractions since 2015.
She has an extensive business background, is a skilled auditor, an expert at building positive working relationships and trained in animal welfare. To date she has conducted over 100 captive animal audits.
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“I believe in focusing on what can be achieved now, with a consistent and practical approach we can work together towards raising animal welfare standards across the industry and make an immediate difference"
Michael Huxley is the founder of Bemused Backpacker, one of the UKs leading travel websites, and has been featured in some of the worlds largest print and TV media including the BBC, The Guardian, USA Today and many more.
He is a passionate advocate for animal welfare within the travel industry and uses his platform to promote positive change in wildlife tourism and conservation.
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“My passion lies with providing the best for animals in captive care, identifying solutions which offer natural and stress-free environments whilst supporting facilities in achieving their goals"