Trip Advisor Takes Stance Against Animal Exploitation

Some argue the new policy does not go far enough
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The elephant riding industry has come under fire for being cruel and exploitive

The elephant riding industry has come under fire for being cruel and exploitive

US-based booking
engine, and review company, TripAdvisor has announced that they will no longer
be selling tickets to attractions involving paid contact between humans and
wild animals.

'No
touching animals'

Coined the 'no
touching of wild animals policy', the new guidelines forbid the sale of tickets
to attractions that involve handling of captive, wild or endangered animals.

This would
would include such popular tourist lures as swimming with dolphins, petting tigers, and riding elephants, as it applies to both marine and land animals.

Tickets to events involving dolphin contact will no longer be sold under the new terms

Tickets to events involving dolphin contact will no longer be sold under the new terms

Praise

The move
has been well received by members of organizations invested in animal rights
and welfare.

PETA
representative Stephanie Shaw said: "We applaud TripAdvisor taking this stance,
helping to raise awareness. Elephant training, for example, is brutal and
cruel."

Loophole

Others,
however, have pointed out that there's a loophole in the policy, and that it
still allows for animal exploitation in the name of entertainment.

The Whale
and Dolphin Conservation Society’s Danny Groves said: "This is a positive step,
but it does not address the issue of promoting trips to see whales and dolphins
that are held captive.

"It would
be great to see TripAdvisor take action in this regard."