Bali is known for being a relaxing and romantic vacation destination. But behind the island’s pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets lies a nasty secret: According to a recent report from the animal rights organization World Animal Protection (WAP), some of the most unimaginably cruel treatment of captive animals in the world happens on Bali and its neighboring islands, Lombok and Gili Trawangan.
In a 2017 undercover investigation into the treatment of animals held captive on the three islands, individuals from WAP reportedly visited 26 venues that owned captive elephants, tigers, dolphins or civet cats. What they found was astounding: Not a single one of these venues satisfactorily provided for the basic needs of wild animals in captivity. What’s worse, the majority of the creatures were subjected to cruel treatment, and many were worked for hours on end to thrill tourists.
And that’s not the only grotesque thing happening behind the scenes on the island of Bali. In 2017, Animals Australia sent a member of its team to go undercover to investigate rumors that dogs were being brutally bludgeoned to death and made into meals to be sold to unsuspecting tourists. Horrifying footage and images caught by the Animals Australia team members confirmed that these disgusting rumors were true: Dogs really are being torturously killed and sold as food to Bali’s many visitors.
Until recently, the truth about Bali and other islands in the region has been kept under wraps. To this day, if you search for Bali on TripAdvisor, the island seems like the perfect getaway — the popular travel planning website describes Bali as “a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy.”
When researching Bali on TripAdvisor, tourists get no indication whatsoever that they will be supporting the island’s grotesque treatment of animals if they decide to visit the supposed “paradise.” We think it’s seriously wrong that TripAdvisor isn’t telling the whole truth about Bali, thus allowing the island to continue profiting off its severely mistreated animals.
If you agree, we encourage you to sign this petition on Care2 to pressure TripAdvisor to include an animal cruelty warning for Bali so that tourists know EVERYTHING about the destination before booking their trip. And don’t forget to SHARE what you’ve learned about Bali with everyone in your network — we need all the help we can get to spread awareness about this island’s horrific secrets!
Image Sources: World Animal Protection