Dolphins are one of the most complex animals in the world. They are highly intelligent, self-aware, and emotional beings who share deep bonds with their children and members of their pod. Studies have even shown that they have personalized whistles for certain members of their pod, the same way that humans have names. Because of their human-like intelligence, in 2013, India declared that dolphins are non-human persons, which lead to them being the very first country in the world to ban dolphin captivity. Unfortunately, most countries have yet to follow India’s example.
In the video above, we see one of the many ways that humankind callously treats dolphins. Viewed as a source of entertainment, the dolphins in the traveling Indonesian circus featured in the video above, live confined to tiny pools where they are forced to perform for food. If that wasn’t bad enough, when the shows end, the dolphins are carelessly netted and forced into boxes where they have no room to move. It is heartbreaking to imagine what must be going through the minds of these emotional and intelligent animals as they are treated like objects day after day.
Although the United States and many other countries in the world are not without their own issues surrounding the captivity of marine mammals, Indonesia is the last country in the world where traveling dolphin circuses exist.
Luckily, Animals Asia, the organization that is helping to broadcast this footage from Scorpion Foundation, is taking a stand. According to Animals Asia Founder and CEO Jill Robinson, “We are calling on Sriwijawa Air to end this. It is in their hands to make it stop. We say to them: ‘look what you are a part of, and understand that this hurts your brand. Thousands will never use your airline while you facilitate such abhorrent animal cruelty’.”
Join Animals Asia in pressuring Indonesian airline, Sriwijaya Air, to stop transporting live dolphins and end its complicity in the cruel captive dolphin industry.
To learn more about Animals Asia, visit their official website.
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