TripAd­vi­sor to halt sales that ex­ploit an­i­mals

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TripAd­vi­sor is to cease sell­ing tick­ets to “cruel” an­i­mal at­trac­tions around the world.

The re­view site – and its sis­ter book­ing com­pany Vi­a­tor – this week an­nounced that tick­ets to “hun­dreds of an­i­mal at­trac­tions where tourists come into phys­i­cal con­tact with cap­tive wild an­i­mals or en­dan­gered species” would no longer be avail­able.

At­trac­tions such as ele­phant rides, tiger pet­ting or swim­ming with dol­phins will no longer be ad­ver­tised. Cam­paign group World An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion (WAP) called them “cruel”.

TripAd­vi­sor said it was com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that the at­trac­tions it con­tin­ued to sell came with in­for­ma­tion about the an­i­mal wel­fare prac­tices in­volved. The pol­icy will come into force in early 2017.

WAP wel­comed the move but said the pol­icy could go fur­ther by lim­it­ing sales to more at­trac­tions, such as the pop­u­lar SeaWorld park, which an­i­mal rights ac­tivists are urg­ing to re­lease all cap­tive whales.

Tiger pet­ting: off the TripAd­vi­sor list

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