A TOP UK travel agent has told PETA it stands by it animal welfare record after activists targeted it.
Travel giant Thomas Cook said it has one of the best animal welfare records in the world and was being wrongly attacked.
Peta protestors demonstrated outside its store in Worcester, UK, because it sells package holiday to SeaWorld which activists claim is cruel to whales.
It is part of a wider campaign against the travel firm.
But Thomas Cook says it audits all its animal excursions and that it was the first organisation to stop selling trips if standards were not met.
A Thomas Cook spokesman said: “We are widely recognised as one of the most progressive businesses on animal welfare in our industry.
“So it’s surprising that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have chosen to target us in this way.
“We are taking our policy to raise animal welfare standards very seriously so that our customers can be confident in all of the trips that they take when on holiday with us.”
Thomas Cook has removed 16 of 25 attractions that did not meet their welfare standards last year.
The company has also issued warrants to 12 attractions in an urgent call for them to improve their animal welfare arrangements.