JAAN Education in Indonesia

By Femke den Haas
Jakarata Animal Aid Network, Indonesia

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

On February 28th, 2014, a Blackfish screening event was held at the Tugu Hotel in Canggu, Bali.  The hard-hitting documentary chronicles the dangers faced by orcas and their trainers in SeaWorld and similar dolphinariums.

The well-attended event was opened by the newly formed local group ‘animal shanti’ from Bali, explaining about the local initiatives in Bali against the captive trade in dolphins, after which the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) made a presentation about captive dolphin issues throughout Indonesia.



Local ‘Bali kids’ had made a short film against the exploitation of dolphins that was also shown, and Shireen from the Netherlands performed as well, singing her ‘do not keep dolphins in captivity’ song.




Shireen had joined a dolphin awareness tour held earlier this year in Lombok, visiting schools and explaining about why dolphins should always be kept free through her songs, assisting the anti-captive puppet show made by Animal Friends Jogja.

It is important that Bali citizens keep speaking up against keeping dolphins captive, as Bali is the center of tourism and commercial dolphin shows in Indonesia.




Precisely one year ago, when Ric O’Barry visited Indonesia, a restaurant in Bali, keeping two dolphins captive in a tiny swimming pool, was shut down.  It is time for the other commercial centers keeping dolphins captive do so, too.



Photos and Video courtesy of Jakarta Animal Aid Network.


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About Ric O'Barry

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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.

In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.

From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.

Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.

O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.

Author: Ric O'Barry


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