//ABTA launches animal welfare guidelines

ABTA launches animal welfare guidelines

ABTA has launched the second edition of its Animal Welfare Guidelines after a comprehensive stakeholder review.

The new updates include revised basic welfare requirements and unacceptable behaviours, while making the guidelines simpler and easier to understand.

ABTA’s latest Holiday Habits research revealed that two-thirds of people said they have concerns about the wider effects of tourism and how animals are treated. Viewing or interacting with animals is popular with holidaymakers, as well as being an important attraction for local communities. These need to be managed in the right way to safeguard the welfare of animals.

ABTA’s first edition of its Animal Welfare Guidelines launched in 2013, with the aim of providing guidance for ABTA member companies and their suppliers throughout the world and helping to raise standards. 

The revisions to these have been developed through ABTA’s Animal Welfare Working Group and a multi-stakeholder consultation process involving industry experts, scientists, zoologist organisations, associations and non-governmental organisations from around the world as part of ABTA’s commitment to raising standards in animal welfare and its role in providing advice to members

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.