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.
The Ric O'Barry Dolphin Project staff have been working closely with the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) 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.
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. Read more about the ongoing situation here. JAAN and Dolphin Project are pursuing legal efforts and media attention to put pressure on the government to take action.
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.
This tweetstorm is small in the amount of tweets (79), but huge in the awareness it can bring.
We spread this over three dates:
Monday 26th January
Thursday 29th January
Monday 2nd February
We need as many people to tweet from 07.00 UTC, but please just join in when you can.
This will hit the target handles during their working day
BAWA Bali - Bali Animal Welfare Association
Дельфины в Melka Excelsior Hotel (Бали) / Dolphines @ Melka Excelsior Hotel (Bali)
Bali captive dolphins 2011
Please Shut Down The Traveling Dolphin Circus