TripAdvisor was spurred into action earlier this year when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals petitioned them to stop selling tickets for elephant rides, spokesperson Brian Hoyt told HuffPost. After six months of research ― and important help from groups like the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Association of British Travel Agents ― the site decided to exclude a broader range of animal-related activities.
TripAdvisor won’t stop ticket sales for all animal meet-and-greets around the world, but its new policy will eliminate the least humane. Domestic animal activities such as horseback riding and children’s petting zoos are exempt from the ban, along with supervised feeding and conservation programs through which visitors might interact with animals.
The company has also promised to post an “education portal” alongside every animal attraction on its site, with comments from wildlife experts that will hopefully help travelers make better decisions about which attractions they choose to visit, and what they choose to write in their reviews.
Now it’s up to you to travel responsibly. When booking travel activities with animals, do your homework and book with a conservation-minded organization ― like the World Wildlife Fund, VegVoyages or National Geographic ― that seeks to help animals and their environment.
Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/10/12/tripadvisor-animal-attractions_n_12458392.html?utm_hp_ref=travel&ir=Travel