French travel provider Club Med has released a new animal welfare guide following pressure from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), detailing plans to stop promoting elephant rides, captive whale and dolphin exhibits, bull fights, and photo ops with animals.
Taking effect this August, the policies also include a fur ban in the company’s boutiques and recommendations for spay/neuter surgeries in countries with large homeless animal populations.
PETA Vice President of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi states:
Unlike Club Med’s happy travellers, animals used for entertainment never get a chance to relax or share special moments with their loved ones. PETA urges other travel companies to follow Club Med’s lead and begin their own journeys into the world of animal protection by cutting support for SeaWorld and other cruel exhibitors.
Club Med joins a long list of companies – including British Airways Holidays, Virgin Holidays, Premier Holidays, Booking.com, and Tripadvisor – that have stopped promoting SeaWorld and the more than 50 travel companies that have pulled elephant rides.