Launch of a new Global Welfare Guidance for animals in tourism

On 21/06/2013, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On Tuesday 18th June 2013, a new Global Welfare Guidance for animals ABTAin tourism has been presented at the European Parliament during a symposium which had been organised by Michael Cramer MEP (Greens/EFA, DE) and Keith Taylor MEP (Greens/EFA, UK ) in association with ABTA – The Travel Association and the Born Free Foundation.

The guidelines are the result of a consultation process with industry experts, association members, scientists, zoologist organisations, associations and non-governmental organisations from around the world.

They aim to tackle bad practice and improve animal welfare standards throughout all sectors of the tourism industry.

Tui Travel, Thomas Cook, Virgin Holidays and Cosmos have committed to using the guidelines to assess their supply chains and to ensure that the attractions that they offer meet the minimum requirements.

The guidance sets a benchmark for minimum requirements in animal welfare for the tourism and animal attractions industries globally.

The aim is to encourage these businesses to achieve good standards in animal protection and welfare and ensure customers have positive experiences when visiting animal attractions.

The guidelines are available for members on



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