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Tourism: Elephants

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with representatives of the British tourism industry on the advertisement of attractions involving Asian elephants.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has held with representatives of tour operators on the advertising of holiday attractions involving Asian elephants.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra officials continue to be in regular contact with representatives from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) on the issue of the welfare of elephants in tourist attractions overseas. I was pleased that ABTA recently updated its members’ animal welfare guidelines to include specific advice about this issue.

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