Indonesian Traveling Circus

As hard as it is to believe, dolphin traveling circuses are a big hit in Indonesia. Three companies run these inhumane operations, much to the delight of uninformed spectators who pay pennies each to see the dolphins perform.


There are 72 dolphins currently enslaved illegally in Indonesia, many of which are in captivity in these three traveling circuses.  The companies running traveling dolphin shows on the main Indonesian island of Java are: WSI, Taman Safari Indonesia and Ancol.

Dolphin Traveling Circus

Dolphin Traveling Circus

Bottlenose and stenella dolphins are kept in the most appalling of conditions to perform for audiences across island of Java. The animals are frequently hauled out of their plastic performing pools and loaded into the backs of trucks along with other animals as the circuses move from town to town.

The transportation is so traumatic that many of the dolphins die due to this stress and lack of proper care.

There is also evidence that the dolphins have all been caught illegally from the wild. Other animals kept in the circus are baby sunbears, small clawed otters, yellow crested cockatoos and an orangutan.

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