Principles of Animal Welfare

ABTA and the members of the working group, Born Free Foundation, Virgin Holidays, TUI UK & Ireland, Cosmos Holidays/Monarch Travel Group and Thomas Cook in consultation with industry experts, scientists, zoologists and NGOs created the Global Welfare Guidelines for Animals in Tourism (GWGAT).  It is based on the Five Freedoms and the Welfare Quality ¬© Criteria.  Because these two standards related primarily to animals in farm environments, the GWGAT created three specific criteria to address animals in the tourist context. These are items 13-15 in bold below.