Travel website TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to attractions where travelers interact with endangered species, after pressure from animal rights groups.
The new policy, announced Tuesday, means the travel e-commerce site will no longer offer tickets to things like elephant rides, swim with dolphin attractions and tiger petting. Children’s petting zoos, aquariums and attractions where visitors are “properly supervised” will not be affected by the new rule.
“TripAdvisor’s new booking policy and education effort is designed as a means to do our part in helping improve the health and safety standards of animals, especially in markets with limited regulatory protections,” said TripAdvisor president Stephen Kaufer said in a statement.
“TripAdvisor’s leadership position in travel means we can help educate millions of travellers about the diverse opinions that exist on matters of animal welfare.”
The decision comes after months of discussion with animal welfare and conservation groups that believe the attractions put endangered species at risk. The move has been widely celebrated by both animal welfare and travel organizations.