Helene Leis review 21 May 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Visiting the danbue delta
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If you are a animal lover do not go the abuse of dogs tied up starving stray dogs and kill animal shelters is unbearable.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
No this country should not be on the tourist list to visit due to the horrific treatment and torture of animals! If you want to do something look into donating to rainbow shelter brasvo they may have to close have in care 30 dogs and 10 cats. Brasvo has horrible history of animal abuse by the city dog catchers. I am vary disappointed that the company promotes tours to Romania and I wish I had not gone this country is a disgrace in regards to how they treat animals!
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Not that good!! Give 2 stars.
Read the operator's response here:
Thanks for providing your feedback about this tour. We’re sorry to hear that you felt this trip wasn’t enjoyable due to the treatment of animals in Romania - this is obviously something that is completely beyond our control and not part of the services that we provide.
Different cultures and countries have different ideas of what is appropriate in terms of animal welfare and most places in the world do not adhere to the same standards or ideas that we have in the west. If we were to only travel countries that have the same standards as we do, then unfortunately we’d be very limited - outside of Western Europe, North America and Australasia most places fall short in this area.
Visiting such countries is not the same as condoning everything that happens here, but we don’t feel that Romania is as bad as you perceived it, nor that animal ‘torture’ is widespread. It is common practice here for dogs to be used as ‘working’ animals and guard dogs rather than as pets as we do in the west, and often they are tied up in gardens and yards. This is very much part of rural life in Romania and it is not necessarily appropriate for us to impose our ideas on the host countries that we visit.
I’m sorry that you did not enjoy the trip, especially as others on the trip gave very positive reviews, but wish you all the best for your future travels.