Take Action: Dolphins Tortured for Indonesia's Traveling Circuses 

Reportedly, 72 dolphins (although the number may be higher now) are being held captive illegally in Indonesia, and many of them are used in the country's three traveling animal circuses. Despite a vow from Indonesia's minister of forestry to ban dolphin shows in 2013, no ban has ever been enforced and dolphins continue to suffer for the sake of entertainment. Capturing wild dolphins in Indonesia is illegal, but the Indonesian government has taken no interest in prosecuting fishers, who earn hefty sums of money to catch the marine mammals.

The animal shows, run by three separate companies—Wersut Seguni Indonesia (WSI), Taman Safari Indonesia, and Ancol—offer cheap tickets to lure large crowds to watch dolphins perform dangerous tricks in tiny plastic pools, such as jumping through rings of fire. After performing, dolphins endure stressful journeys by van to the next circus show. Many of them die prematurely because of the poor living conditions, lack of care, and stressful, unnatural environment. WSI has a facility where it holds more dolphins to replace those who die on the road or at shows. 

Two organizations in Indonesia, Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Dolphin Project, have built a sea pen in which captive dolphins can be rehabilitated before being released back into the wild—but although the Indonesian government previously agreed to help dolphins, it hasn't issued permits to these organizations to do this important work.

You Can Help Us End This Cruelty

Please ask the president of Indonesia and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to ban dolphin circuses.

You Can Help Us End This Cruelty

Never patronize any animal "attraction, because every ticket purchased supports a cruel industry. Take your friends and family to see only animal-free circuses.

Do more: Please ask the president of Indonesia and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to ban dolphin circuses.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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