All-inclusive resort operator Club Med will cease promotions of excursions and local attractions at its resorts around the world that involve harmful or exploitative animal involvement, which will take effect from next month. .
As part of its sustainability and conservation efforts, the company is committed to stop promoting activities such as elephant rides, exhibits involving captive whales and dolphins, bullfights, and screenings. photos with restrained or sedated animals.
In addition, the company will also implement a fur ban at its on-site retail outlets and no longer recommend deexing or sterilization procedures in countries with large populations of homeless animals. Tips will even be provided to customers on how to deter mosquitoes rather than kill them.
However, Club Med says it will continue to promote attractions involving animals that are kept in natural habitats or environments, such as elephant viewing at sanctuaries and deep-sea whale watching.
The company said it can be difficult for some of its guests to discern and distinguish positive interactions and encounters with animals from more negative and harmful ones.
“Animals have an important place in tourism and contribute to the attractiveness of many destinations,” the company said.
“At Club Med, we are aware of this wealth and are attentive to the expectations of our customers, who wish to discover wild nature and the beauty of nature.
Club Med’s move was hailed by animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which said it urged other travel providers to follow Club Med’s lead and start their own journey into the world of animal welfare.
“Unlike happy Club Med travelers, animals used for entertainment never have the opportunity to relax or share special moments with loved ones,” said Mimi Bekhechi, vice president of international programs at PETA.