Dry transport: Dolphins are transported dry between circus shows. Despite international protests, Indonesia is still a paradise for traveling dolphin circuses. Courtesy of JAAN
from: the jakartapost.com
by Agnes Winarti
Bali---Although traveling dolphin shows are considered abusive and have been outlawed in other countries, Indonesia is still a haven for at least five companies running commercial dolphin circuses.
These are Taman Impian Ancol recreational park in Jakarta; Taman Safari Indonesia zoo in Bogor, West Java; the Central Java-based PT Wersut Seguni Indonesia (WSI) in Kendal; and two Bali-based companies, Melka Lovina Hotel in northern Bali and Serangan Island south of Sanur.
Despite being condemned for the cruel technique used when transporting these highly intelligent and social sea mammals, last month Bali welcomed a traveling dolphin show run by Taman Impian Ancol. The show packed its bags and returned to Jakarta over the weekend.
“Garuda Indonesia airline is responsible for their transport. On Saturday the two dolphins left Denpasar on a passenger flight, GA 411. The dolphins were packed in small crates together with sea lions and otters, all the animals had been exploited in the circus,” wrote Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) founder Femke den Haas in a Sunday release provided to The Jakarta Post and Bali Daily.
JAAN further wrote that flight was harmful for dolphins due to the extreme gravity difference compared with being in the water, while the extreme noise of the flight was also potentially harmful as dolphins were acoustic mammals that used sonar for communication.