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I am writing to you out of concern for the well-being of protected animals used in travelling circuses in Indonesia. Especially the situation of the travelling dolphin circus, which is performing now in Bali, deserves your attention.
The illegal trade in these animals is threatening the wild dolphin populations in Indonesian waters due to the upcoming industry of 'swimming with dolphins' programs and travel shows.
For the travelling circuses the dolphins are transported by trucks to various cities throughout Indonesia.
The stress of the circus performances and the frequent transportation has already resulted in a large number of dolphin deaths.
These dolphins are not only improperly cared for, but they are kept in shallow, plastic pools where they are forced to perform.
The circus workers transport them in trucks where they succumb to immense stress. Due to this mistreatment, most dolphins fall ill and eventually die.
Enclosures like the plastic pools that these Indonesian circuses use cause social stress as well. The limited amount of communication with other dolphins and the dead fish given for feeding dramatically affect the health of dolphins in these shows.
Statistically, wild dolphins swim up to 50 miles a day and dive to depths of 200 feet. When they are forced to inhabit plastic tanks where water temperatures rise quickly and depths only reach a maximum of six feet, death is imminent.
The capturing of dolphins from the wild obviously has a big negative impact on the wild populations. Since data on dolphin populations (numbers and species) are still lacking in Indonesia, we take this matter very seriously.
JAAN brought the evidence to the relevant authorities and was able to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indonesian government permitting the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of the dolphins and the rescue of the other animals.
Indonesia is the last country where dolphins are used in travelling shows and this is something which is condemned around the world.
We would like to ask you to put this issue towards the relevant Indonesian authorities and ensure that animals kept illegally are re-located to an appropriate rehabilitation facility.
We also request that you will put this case to the Indonesian government to ensure that Indonesian law and international regulations are upheld and that Indonesia can proudly show a leadership role in the protection of these endangered species.
Thank you for your attention and I look forward hearing from you regarding any possible action you are able to take on this issue.
This post was modified from its original form on 13 Jun, 8:13
E-mails sent. Thanks Anneke