BREAKING: Balikpapan City Says NO to Dolphin Shows
Balikpapan City, Indonesia: After many protests against the horrific traveling dolphin circuses in Balikpapan, the Mayor of Balikpapan City, Rizal Effendi, has undersigned a commitment to no longer allow any animal shows in the city, and keep it free from any forms of animal exploitation.
This is a very positive step. We commend Rizal Effendi, Mayor of Balikpapan City for ending animal exploitation in his city. We also want to thank our Indonesian team and partner organizations. There is still much campaigning to do to end the cruel dolphin traveling circuses and we look forward to the day that these dolphins can be returned to their home in the ocean.” ~ Lincoln O’Barry, Dolphin Project
Traveling circuses transport their captive animals from city to city, exposing the animals to extreme levels of stress and abuse. Dolphin Project has launched a major campaign in Indonesia to close these exploitative operations including a graffiti & mural art initiative, electronic billboards throughout Indonesia, digital ads at the Bali airport and a traveling educational puppet show.
Dolphin Project is working to lobby the Indonesian government to release the dolphins, many of whom were illegally poached from their ocean homes. While this is a great start, we need your help! International press continues to cover this issue, but we need to keep it in the news. Please sign this petition to end traveling dolphin circuses, and click the ‘Take Action Now’ banner below for other ways to help.
- Update on Indonesia’s Toxic Traveling Circuses - April 9, 2017
- BREAKING: Balikpapan City Says NO to Dolphin Shows - February 22, 2017
- Be a Dolphin Warrior - February 6, 2017
- Paradise Lost: Dolphin Cruelty Issues Growing in Indonesia - January 15, 2017
- Conservation Begins with Education - March 23, 2016
Femke works to protect Indonesia wildlife like dolphins and orangutans. I have been on the dolphin trail for more than 45 years campaigning worldwide trying to keep dolphins free from harm. In all of my travels I never came across a more dedicated and impressive grass-roots organization than JAAN. Their leader, Femke den Haas is the real deal – she is simply the best. – Ric O’Barry
Femke den Haas is a co-founder of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, a small nonprofit started in 2008. She is originally from the Netherlands; the organisation’s members include a mix of foreign nationals and Indonesians.