Traveling Dolphin Circus? For the Love of Dolphins, Please Stop (Video/Photos)

These are the last traveling dolphins circuses in the world. Once you see how they are treated and transported around, you’ll join us in not wanting them to exist.

The dolphins are being perpetually hauled around Indonesia in trucks to perform as the main acts in the circus. They were illegally captured from the wild. All that’s needed to stop this is for the Indonesian President to agree.

Here’s the link to sign the petition on The Dolphin Project. As of right now, they are half way to their goal of 6,400 signatures.

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The circus dolphins get feed for doing their tricks. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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A trainer smacking the water with a staff because the dolphins weren’t performing well and hiding at the bottom of the pool. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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Hauling the dolphin out of the pool after a show. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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Hauling the dolphin out of the pool after a show. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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The dolphins are pulled into the truck on a canvas stretcher. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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The dolphins travel in these tiny blue tanks, still trapped in the stretcher so they can’t move, with their heads sticking up out the end.(Screenshot/Vimeo)

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You can see the head and nose of the dolphin sticking out the back end as the man locks the stretcher in place in the small water tank in the truck. The circus will travel constantly, as will the dolphins, like this. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Key points to know:

1. “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.”

2. There are sea pens set up by experts in Indonesia waiting to rehabilitate these dolphins and then release them back to the wild, but the government have reneged on their promise to order their release.

“The Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project staff have been working closely with the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) to lobby the Indonesian government…” (and have set up the sea pens etc.)

3. “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. JAAN and Dolphin Project are pursuing legal efforts and media attention to put pressure on the government to take action.”

4. 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.”

Sign here for the love of dolphins.

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