We have all heard of those traveling circuses that transport their captive animals from city to city, forcing them to perform in an endless cycle of depressing servitude.
What you probably haven’t heard of is dolphins being featured as the main act.
As hard as it is to believe, dolphin traveling circuses are a big hit in Indonesia. There are three separate companies running these inhumane operations, much to the delight of the uninformed spectators who pay pennies each to see the dolphins perform. There are 72 dolphins currently enslaved in Indonesia illegally, many of which are in captivity in these three traveling circuses. Some are sold to swim-with-the-dolphins facilities like the ones in Bali.
Dolphin Project is working to lobby the Indonesian government to release the dolphins, many of whom were illegally poached from their ocean homes. JAAN and Dolphin Project have constructed a sea pen, where the dolphins would be rehabilitated and released back to the wild using Ric O’Barry’s protocol. It’s the first permanaent rehab/release facility of it kind.
However, the government has not issued promised permits to JAAN and Dolphin Project for these illegal dolphins, despite a previous agreement to turn over these abused animals. Our team has even been threatened with violence and attacked by thugs hired by the circus owners. JAAN and Dolphin Project are pursuing legal efforts and media attention to put pressure on the government to take action. The seapen still remains empty.
You can help. Urge the President of Indonesia to provide the captive dolphins to Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Dolphin Project, which are the ONLY organizations in Indonesia with the expertise, equipment, facilities and proven ability to care for, rehabilitate, and release captive dolphins back into the wild.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
1 SIGN THIS PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA HERE
2 TELL SRIWIJAYA AIR TO STOP TRANSPORTING DOLPHINS FOR TRAVELING CIRCUSES HERE
3 CONTACT AN INDONESIAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN YOUR COUNTRY HERE
4 WATCH THESE VIDEOS OF THE INDONESIAN TRAVELING DOLPHIN CIRCUS
5 WATCH THIS INDONESIAN CELEBRITY PSA
6 TWEET USING HASHTAG #StopSirkusLumba