TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel booking company, has made a bold step, announcing that they will cancel trips to places that use animals as attractions through abuse.
Things like swimming with dolphins and riding elephants may seem exciting and fun at first glance, but they are extremely abusive to the animals. Capture and torture training have prevailed in the animal exploitation industry and much of the world does not have regulations in place to protect them.
So TripAdvisor is taking the step for them.
“TripAdvisor’s new booking policy and education effort is designed as a means to do our part in helping improve the health and safety standards of animals, especially in markets with limited regulatory protections, “Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO of TripAdvisor said in a press release.
The entire change will go into effect in 2017, though some changes are being made immediately. In addition to the travel changes, the company is working with partner booking agency, Viator, to launch an educational campaign regarding animal health and safety. Beginning some time in early 2017, the company will have paw icons on the trip planners next to animal attractions and events, with information about what they entail, provided by PETA.