Are Zoo Visits Irresponsible? Travel Company CEO Says So: ‘Zoos Not Appropriate in 2017’

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Is 2017 the year we eliminate zoos? If it were up to this CEO, it would be! He seems to believe that they are inappropriate and a visit there is irresponsible. However, I don’t see it that way. Zoos, like aquariums, are facilities of learning. Similar to museums, only we are able to see the animals alive, and not just their bones or pictures of what they looked like.As long as a zoo is up-keeping the facility, and taking care of the animals properly, then I do not see the problem with a zoo….Do you?

According to UK-based travel company World Animals News, Responsible Travel declared it will no longer offer trips that include visits to zoos.

“Our conclusion is that zoos are not appropriate in 2017,” said Justin Francis, Responsible Travel’s CEO. “In our view, rather than being self-proclaimed conservation organizations they are in fact businesses that exploit animals for profit.”

World Animal News pointed out that this halt in business also follows Virgin Holidays’ announcement that they will not sign up any new attractions which feature captive whales and dolphins for theatrical shows, contact sessions (such as “swim-with” programs) or other entertainment purposes.

The company is also doing their best to have other travel companies join them on banning trips that offer zoo visits. TripAdvisor already jumped the bandwagon back in October, when they announced that they will no longer sell tickets to any type of attraction that may allow you to ride or touch wild animals. It was supposed to go into effect in early 2017.

With endorsements from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), TripAdvisor will create a wildlife tourism education portal for travelers in partnership with top accredited trade groups, conservation organizations, academic experts, tourism experts, and animal welfare groups, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ABTA–Britain’s largest travel association and the Global Wildlife Conservation.

“We believe the end result of our efforts will be enabling travelers to make more thoughtful choices about whether to visit an animal attraction and to write more meaningful reviews about those attractions,” said Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO of TripAdvisor.

So all I am getting out of that message is that they want to charge people more money to be able to see the animals and not allow them to be displayed in a zoo. Makes so much more sense….not.

What do you think?

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