TripAdvisor Inc. is profiting from wildlife exploitation
Tourist attractions offering selfies with tigers are just one of the many types of cruel wildlife entertainment venues TripAdvisor Inc. makes money from.
Sadly, this abusive practice is growing. Our new report ‘Tiger selfies exposed: a portrait of Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry’, reveals increasing numbers of tigers being chained and caged as props for tourist photos. There are now over 800 – a rise of over 200 in just a few years.
With its 2015 income reaching almost $1.5bn, TripAdvisor’s influence on the tourism industry is immense. But it continues to promote and sell tickets to the world’s cruellest wildlife entertainment attractions, like the Sriracha Tiger Zoo.
Out of the 17 tiger entertainment venues we investigated, Sriracha Tiger Zoo was the one that stood out most. Not only did it have the highest number of captive tigers, it’s also where we observed the poorest conditions.
Last year, the University of Oxford reviewed 188 wildlife venues featured on TripAdvisor and found that 75% of the different types of attractions involve wildlife cruelty. Viator, which TripAdvisor acquired in 2014, sells tickets for a number of them. We have approached TripAdvisor on numerous occasions but they are reluctant to take the scale of action needed to protect wild animals.