Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Breakthrough for Animals

News just in is that the global hotel giant, RIU Hotel and Resorts has agreed to no longer allow the use of wild animals as tourist photographic props in their hotels and resorts worldwide. This was following an agreement by the major tour operators to back the Born Free campaign this summer to end this form of extreme animal exploitation.

TUI UK and Ireland, the Thomas Cook Group and Virgin Holidays have all agreed that the use of wild animals as photographic objects is an unacceptable practice. 

This is welcomed news by the Born Free Foundation which receives hundreds of reports from concerned tourists about the use of wild animals as photo props in hotels, resorts and zoological collections across the world. Animals are often abused, mutilated and even drugged to reduce the risk of injury to the tourists having their photo taken, as they hold or stroke the animal. Little do people realise the severe welfare problems experienced by these animals, most of which are destined to end their lives in slum zoos, circus or worse.

The Born Free Foundation and the members of the Federation of Tour Operators will continue to phase-out this practice as a priority in their joint efforts to improve the lives of animals in captivity in tourist resorts worldwide.

More information on the use of wild animals as photographic props

Coco in Riu Cancun before their ban on wild animals as props © BFF supporter
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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