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News: Travelife for Tour operators to introduce elephant welfare standards

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The international sustainability auditing organisation Travelife for Tour operators is developing a set of standards to help travellers and travel agents choose elephant camps that are providing good welfare for their elephants. As an organisation determined to ensure that tourism is a sustainable force for good throughout all aspects of the industry they rely on science and objectivity when building their standards.  They have sought, among others, this working group’s advice to build their specific elephant camp welfare standard which, while not yet publicly available, is being tested and is already leading to improvements in elephant welfare in South East Asia.  Their statement on the process is here: