China’s Ctrip, the largest online travel agency in Asia, has stopped selling tickets to a notorious zoo in southeast metro Bangkok due to its appalling conditions.
Ctrip, whose sites include Skyscanner and Trip.com, discontinued ticket sales to the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo in light of exposes by National Geographic and animal rights group PETA, the latter announced today.
“Ctrip did the right thing in nixing tickets to this despicable, abusive, brazen operation,” Jason Baker of PETA said in an announcement. “PETA is calling on all travel companies still offering excursions to such facilities to follow Ctrip’s compassionate, business-savvy example and strike exploitative businesses from their itineraries.”
It said more than 50 travel agencies have made the same decision as part of a commitment to avoid promoting elephant exploitation in the kingdom.
In June, conditions at the zoo, which we have written about for years, rose to public attention again after PETA brought attention to videos showing visibly distressed and unhealthy animals kept on ridiculously short chains, bleeding from wounds, jabbed with spikes and more.
Based in Shanghai, Ctrip (CTRP) is a public company traded on the NASDAQ exchange.