Trip Advisor Stands up for Animal Rights
Traveling in 2017 has put a stronger emphasis on the proper, the respectable and the sustainable, most specifically with regard to the treatment of animals in captivity. Trip Advisor made history these past few weeks when they made the decision to halt all sales to attractions where the treatment and living conditions of animals is neither ethical nor humane.
Considering that Trip Advisor reaches over 350 million wanderlusts and tourists alike, this is a major stand against the mistreatment of animals. What is wonderful to see however, is the domino effect that their decision has inspired. Viator, which serves as the booking site for Trip Advisor, will also stop the sale of tickets to attractions in support of the sister company.
If you were planning a trip where riding elephants or swimming with dolphins was on your bucket list, never fear. Trip Advisor is still offering WCRU-approved attractions like the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, or tours promoting the natural interaction with animals in the wild so as not to disrupt their way of life. The biggest thing to remember is to do your research, and trust your gut that if something doesn't sound right to you, it probably isn't a good idea.
Full Story by Matt Villano on AFAR Magazine.
Photo 1: Stig Nygaard; Photos 2/3: Steve Wilson
Featured image: Mathias Appel
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