Elephants: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, whether the Government is taking steps to discourage tourism from the UK to (a) Myanmar, (b) Sri Lanka and (c) other countries in which cruelty to elephants has been reported by NGOs.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The UK is home to some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and we hope that UK citizens continue to respect these standards when they travel abroad.

The Government has been working with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to encourage them to make their customers aware of the reported issues around Asian elephants. Tourists should consider whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that animals have been mistreated before deciding whether to visit an animal attraction.

We would encourage tourists to report any animal welfare concerns to their UK tour operator or travel agent on return to the UK.

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