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