Alarmed by reports of the shows, the Born Free Foundation dispatched environmental photojournalist Aaron Gekoski to document the horrifying spectacle. His shocking images show dolphins forced to perform demeaning tricks in makeshift pools. Staggeringly, 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.
Dr. Chris Draper, Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity for the Born Free Foundation 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”.
Born Free is proud to be a member of the Asia for Animals coalition, a group of 20 animal protection groups that have a shared focus on improving the welfare of animals in Asia, and would like to recognise the efforts of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Animals Asia, Scorpion Foundation, Movement to End Animal Circuses in Indonesia, The Dolphin Project and other members of the Coalition in raising awareness of the abuse of dolphins in travelling shows.
Born Free is asking people to declare their support for an end to abuse of dolphins in Indonesia by signing a letter to the Indonesian Government, urging them to put an end to these travelling shows once and for all. Click here to send your letter.
Photo Credit: © Aaron Gekoski / Born Free