TripAdvisor has decided to stop selling tickets for elephant rides, tiger-petting sessions and dolphin swims over concerns for the welfare of the animals. In addition, it plans to launch an online portal aimed at educating travelers about how to make choices about their trips with wildlife conservation in mind.
The company made the move after hearing from animal groups and organizations, spokesman Troy Livingston wrote in an email.
Activities such as horseback riding, children's petting zoos, aquarium touch pools (under supervision of a zoo, aquarium, etc.) and volunteering excursions involving animals are exempt. The policy and the new portal is expected to go into effect by early next year.