Born Free is convinced that the complex needs of cetacean cannot be met in captivity.
Indonesia is home to a number of travelling dolphin shows. In these shows, dolphins are forced to perform demeaning tricks in makeshift pools. These dolphins and other animals are regularly packed up and shipped between locations across the country – and all apparently under permit from the Indonesian government.
In summer 2018, Born Free released shocking images and footage from one of these shows, and called for the Indonesian government to end this abusive and exploitative practice once and for all.
Dr Chris Draper, Born Free’s Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, said: “These are exceptionally complex and sensitive animals, perfectly adapted for life in the ocean. It is unbelievable that they are hauled like baggage from place to place as part of a pitiful travelling show, apparently under permit by the Indonesian authorities. We are calling on the government of Indonesia to put a stop to this once and for all, and to work with animal protection groups to find a long-term solution for the unfortunate animals who have been subjected to this abuse.”
Please show your support for an end to the abuse of dolphins in Indonesia by signing a letter to the Indonesian government, urging them to put an end to these travelling shows.
Write to the Environmental & Forestry Minister of Indonesia to urge her to stop travelling dolphin shows once and for all.
Help Born Free in its campaign against keeping dolphins in captivity by making a donation.