TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to attractions “where tourists come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species”. However, listings for those attractions will remain on the site because of “the impact both positive and negative reviews can have on the accountability of animal tourism venues”:
The company said the controversial animal attractions would include elephant rides, petting tigers and swimming with dolphins. This means no more distressing selfies, close encounters with possibly drugged tigers or frolicking with annoyed sea life.
The changes will be implemented by early 2017 and will affect hundreds of listings.
In addition to the ticketing ban, an educational portal will be released to help reviewers be more informed before adding their commentary to the community-based review forum. It will include links to information and expert advice on animal welfare practices, sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation. Any listing that involves animals will be marked with a paw icon and link through to the extra information.
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