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October 09, 2019 - The Vegan Authority

Airbnb Donates $100,000 to PETA to Help End Exploitave Wildlife Tourism

Airbnb Donates $100,000 to PETA to Help End Exploitave Wildlife Tourism
Credit: PETA

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), announced that Airbnb the travel and accommodations platform, has donated $100,000 to assist their campaigns to help shut down exploitative wildlife tourism.

Following talks with PETA, the company’s new Animal Experiences section excludes all activities involving direct contact with wild animals, including elephant rides, tiger photo ops, and “swim with dolphins” programs as well as visits to SeaWorld and other marine mammal abusement parks.

“Airbnb is committed to promoting responsible animal tourism, and this support is provided in recognition of PETA’s ongoing work to protect animal welfare and all of PETA’s innovative and effective programs to advance empathy and end animal suffering,” says Airbnb Experiences Policy Director Natalia Merluzzi.

“Airbnb is showing tourists how to avoid abusive wild-animal attractions and forge an animal-friendly travel future,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA looks forward to putting Airbnb’s generous donation to good use and is calling on others in the hospitality industry to follow the company’s lead in promoting humane tourism.”

PETA's work is instrumental in exposing animal abuse and cruelty. Some of the ways animals are abused for tourism attractions include:

  • Baby parrots and monkeys are taken away from their mothers for photo ops,
  • Dolphins and orcas are kept in concrete cells and made to perform for their supper,
  • Elephants are snatched from their mothers so that they can be trained through force to give rides to tourists,
  • Big cats used for photo ops have been found to be heavily sedated, chained down, and hit with sticks if they “misbehave”
  • Tigers at some tourism facilities are constantly caged when not being forced to have their photos taken with paying tourists.
  • Dolphins at SeaWorld - 140 dolphins, are squeezed into just seven small tanks, never able to smell, see, or enjoy the ocean and denied everything that’s natural and important to them.

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