TripAdvisor Accused of Promoting Cruel Animal Attractions
The travel website has come under fire from animal welfare advocates for promoting and profiting from inhumane wildlife attractions.
Amid a wave of companies making pledges to support wildlife conservation and fight trafficking, one business has taken a different route. TripAdvisor, the world’s biggest travel website, is resisting claims that it has a responsibility to influence tourists' behavior by steering them away from cruel and inhumane attractions.
TripAdvisor has come under criticism from World Animal Protection, a UK-based animal welfare nonprofit, who say it profits from wildlife exploitation and cruelty, ranging from selling tickets to inhumane wildlife attractions through its subsidiary Viator to not taking animal welfare into account when ranking popular tourist attractions.
More than 250,000 people have signed a petition from World Animal Protection, calling on the company to stop selling tickets to certain attractions and to