Cruel and

Kiwi travel agents are still of­fer­ing con­tro­ver­sial wildlife tours de­spite call for boy­cott at an­i­mals’ treat­ment. By Danielle Clent and Mad­di­son North­cotte.

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE -

NEWZealand travel agen­cies are sell­ing tours for In­done­sian wildlife at­trac­tions de­nounced by an­i­mal ac­tivists as cruel and abu­sive.

Flight Cen­tre and Hel­loworld travel agen­cies vis­ited this week were will­ing to sell wildlife tours de­spite the com­pa­nies hav­ing pro an­i­mal wel­fare stances.

World An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion is call­ing on Kiwi trav­ellers to boy­cott In­done­sian wildlife tours and travel agen­cies that sup­port them, fol­low­ing the re­lease of its Wildlife Abuse­ment Parks in­ves­ti­ga­tion into 26 wildlife tourism venues in Bali, Lom­bok and Gili Trawan­gon.

Ev­ery venue failed to meet ba­sic an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards, with hor­ror­show ex­am­ples of abuse in­clud­ing the use of chains and cages, lim­ited chances to in­ter­act with other an­i­mals, par­tic­i­pat­ing in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions, in­suf­fi­cient ve­teri­nary care and in­ad­e­quate nutri­tion.

The re­port found 1500 wild an­i­mals in­clud­ing ele­phants,

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