Original article by The South African
The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has welcomed the move from global tourism heavyweights Airbnb and TripAdvisor to shun wildlife interactions and experiences without conservation backbone.
Elephant-back rides, lion cub petting and kissing dolphins, among others, won’t be featured on Airbnb, according to strict ethical standards for their new ‘Animal Experiences’ platform.
TripAdvisor jumps on board
TripAdvisor, too, has distanced themselves from attractions involved in breeding or importing captive whales and dolphins used for public display. In 2016, TripAdvisor implemented an animal welfare programme prohibiting ticket-sales to facilities offering interactions with captive wildlife or endangered species. The facilities can still be reviewed on the platform, however.
TripAdvisor spokesperson James Kay says the company is now ending its commercial relationships with facilities that do not have, or are not in the process of developing, alternative environments for captive marine life.
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