Animal welfare charity PETA has urged travel brands to follow Club Med in committing to stop promoting animal attractions including elephant rides, captive whale and dolphin exhibits and bull fights.
The call came after Club Med created a new animal welfare guide which takes effect next month and also includes a ban on the sale of fur items in its resort shops and guidance on dealing with large homeless animal populations.
A statement from PETA said the guide also included advice on deterring, rather than killing, mosquitos.
Mimi Bekhechi, PETA vice-president of international programmes, said: “Unlike Club Med’s happy travellers, animals used for entertainment never get a chance to relax or share special moments with their loved ones.
“PETA urges other travel companies to follow Club Med’s lead and begin their own journeys into the world of animal protection.”