Thomas Cook has confirmed the Atlantis Sanya resort in China, which keeps beluga whales and dolphins in captivity, will undergo an animal welfare audit.
Animal rights groups have criticised Cook for continuing to sell package holidays to the recently opened resort on Hainan Island after publicly announcing it was dropping attractions that keep killer whales.
Cook released a programme of package holidays to the Chinese tropical beach resort last month, including Atlantis Sanya which has a marine and waterpark, home to Bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins, sea lions and beluga whales held for display and entertainment.
Cook says it has removed 29 attractions in the last 18 months which failed to meet the minimum Abta animal welfare standards and will “continue to keep its policy under review”.
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