Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Guidelines for animals in tourism rolled out

Posted: 9 August 2013. Updated: 9 August 2013

In October 2012, ADI welcomed an initiative by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to develop guidelines on animals in tourism and participated in their consultation on this issue.

Aiming to raise awareness of, and encourage, best practice the guidelines cover various animal attractions covering captive facilities as well as wildlife viewing. Unacceptable practices, which its tour operator members are advised not to offer to customers, include bullfighting, animal performances based on non-natural behaviour and dancing bears.

These guidelines are presently being rolled out to ABTA members and we look forward to receiving feedback on how they have been received.

We hope that this initiative will play an active role in helping to end the needless suffering of animals in entertainment.

Take action!

  • Please support efforts to stop the mistreatment of animals at attractions promoted to tourists. When on holiday, please avoid attractions which compromise animal welfare, and encourage others to do so.

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