ANIMONDIAL seeks to influence current practices, improve animal protection and deliver meaningful change.
Animals are a popular part of many holiday experiences: from the viewing of wildlife in the wild, to visiting captive animal facilities, to animals that carry people or loads.
Travellers enjoy the chance to view or interact with animals in destinations and, when managed appropriately, animals can enhance their holiday experience. However, studies have indicated that many of the animal-based activities can result in poor welfare of animals, threaten their survival, and place people, business and destination reputation at risk.
Daniel Turner – Co-founder and Director
(BSc Hons Environmental Biology, CBiol MRSB)
Daniel is an environmental biologist with knowledge and experience in applied animal welfare science, field conservation, wildlife trade policy, environmental education and policy development.
For over 20 years, he has directed projects for international wildlife protection NGOs, influenced ground-breaking policy and delivered outcomes that have improved the protection of animals. This has included the development of guidance, educational tools and training to aid the global travel industry in their application of animal welfare principles, the creation and coordination of multi-stakeholder alliances, and the development and delivery of strategy that has influenced EU policy. Daniel co-drafted ABTA’s Global Welfare Guidelines for Animals in Tourism (2013), has created robust animal welfare audit criteria, and over the last decade, his advice to the travel industry and national governments has resulted in significant policy change.
‘I’ve worked with Daniel for 10 years. Daniel is widely regarded as one of the leading figures in the animal welfare movement, in particular for his engagement and work with the tourism industry. He is vastly knowledgeable and experienced in the issues and in how to engage business to solve them. I have no hesitation in recommending him highly to any tourism businesses looking for support in this area.’ – Justin Francis, Founder and CEO, Responsible Travel
Helen Usher – Co-founder and Director
(IDM PG Diploma Direct & Digital Marketing, BA Hons)
Helen is our social impact and communications specialist, skilled in marketing, PR, fundraising and strategic corporate partnerships between NGOs and corporates. Helen also holds a postgraduate degree with honours from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.
With over a decade of experience in fundraising and marketing, and as a recognised corporate partnerships consultant for national and international NGOs, Helen has driven award-winning strategic global partnerships and CSR initiatives, and worked with clients including Jaguar Land Rover, Allianz, Lush, Born Free Foundation, Mind, WWF, Cats Protection, Marie Curie, Etihad Airways, Body Shop, Hewlett Packard, Four Paws International, Thomson Airways, STA Travel, Kuoni and more.
‘Helen was a huge help to the Mind Corporate Partnerships Teams (New Partnerships and Account Management) during 2019. It was an especially busy time as we secured the largest partnerships to date. Helen brought her indomitable drive, passion and rigorous approach to everything we threw her way whether new biz bids, account management or strategic consultancy’
– Richard Amos, Head of New Corporate Partnerships, Mind