TripAdvisor to halt sales that exploit animals
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