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.
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.
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."
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."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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