Many travelers love animals, but unknowingly support exploitation and abusive practices when they visit animal attractions. If tourists knew about the cruelty often associated with most wild animal interactions, they would refuse to buy tickets. Only education and awareness can put a stop to animal abuse in the tourism industry.
We support organizations that advocate against the exploitation of animals in the tourist industry—focusing on organizations that save elephants from abusive situations such as those found in riding camps, circuses, street begging, temples, and illegal logging.
Through volunteering, fundraising, education and advocacy, our mission is to spread awareness of animal cruelty in the tourism industry. If an animal doesn’t do it in the wild, don’t pay to see the animal do it in captivity.
In 2020 Stews 4 Elephants incorporated into the 501c3 non-profit organization—S4E Global, Inc. Along with many passionate Stews (Flight Attendants), we expanded to include people outside the airline industry.
Our mission is to educate those whose love for animals and desire to be close can lead to unseen cruelty. Additionally, S4E Global supports multiple on-the-ground projects that strive to rescue elephants from a life of abuse and gives them the freedom to make their own choices. We support projects that work to reduce human-elephant conflict where it exists, and other global animal welfare organizations that seek to alleviate cruelty. Support is provided through volunteerism, fundraising, and education.
We encourage everyone who wants to get close to elephants or other wild animals to ask themselves: Is this elephant or other wild animal doing what it would do naturally? Or is it being forced to do something solely for the entertainment of humans? We ask that you do not let your love for animals lead you to unknowingly support cruelty inflicted upon these beautiful creatures.
We ask everyone to not ride elephants, don’t go to circuses, don’t swim with dolphins, or pet tiger cubs. Spend your tourist dollars wisely and allow animals to just be animals.
Robyn Beasley, President and Board Member
It all began in February 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, after a day visit to Elephant Nature Park. S4E Global founder, Robyn Beasley, was so moved that she rounded up 55 of her fellow flight attendants for a 7-day volunteer stint at the park where they unloaded fruit trucks, shoveled elephant poo, cut corn, and performed any manual labor that needed to be done. At the same time, they learned from Elephant Nature Park founder Saengduean “Lek” Chailert about the horrific abuse inflicted upon elephants for the tourist dollar. They learned that elephants are one of the smartest and most social animals on the planet. Even though they are the largest land mammal they have been chained, beaten, and tortured just to be compliant to human demands for entertainment and for work. The Stews saw first-hand the mental and physical scars of the elephants rescued from this abuse. The group realized that many people are simply unaware of the cruelty involved when elephants are taken from the wild and forced to give rides, perform circus tricks, paint, street beg, or pull logs. It dawned on them that flight attendants have the perfect opportunity to spread awareness. That’s when their passion was born.
Robyn Beasley—President and Board Member
Julie Piche—Vice-President, and Board Member
Loreen La Penna—Treasurer and Board Member
Emilie Bakal—Secretary, Attorney and Board Member
Zeke Stokes—Marketing Director and Board Member
Natalie Adamowitz—Social Media Director
S4E Global, Inc sends a very special thank you to Mound, Cotton, Wollan and Greengrass LLP who serves as a pro-bono legal adviser for S4E Global.
S4E is indebted to Rachel Johnson and Loreen LaPenna who devoted their time and patience in designing this website.