Good news for the dolphins in Indonesia’s travelling circus.
“Earth Island has been working on dolphin protection in Indonesia for several years now, partnering with our friends of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), an outstanding local organization, to stop the illegal captures and exploitation of dolphins in captivity in that country.
Now, in an unprecedented move, international hypermarket giant Carrefour has decided to take affirmative action towards seeing dolphin cruelty in Indonesia come to an end.
Thanks to the relentless and effective campaigning of Femke den Haas and her staff at JAAN, Carrefour has officially withdrawn their support of a traveling circus that features captive dolphins within its shows. Until now, this circus has relied upon Carrefour’s parking lots throughout Indonesia in order to display its suffering animals to the general public. The show includes several dolphins, trucked around Java in a small tank on a flatbed truck, doing stupid tricks like leaping through flaming hoops. The dolphins, according to JAAN’s research, were captured illegally in the waters of an Indonesian national park.
However, all of this is set to change, as outlined in a recent letter addressed to Femke: “Carrefour does not support cruelty against dolphins…Carrefour has decided to stop collaborating with the organizer of the traveling dolphin show, in using it’s premises and parking lots throughout all of…Indonesia”. The letter goes on to reiterate the company’s willingness to take part in solution-oriented initiatives of which JAAN is a part, along with the cooperation of the Indonesian government.
Carrefour was one of three companies that engaged with the circus owners and ultimately enabled their shows to continue”.
If you haven’t already signed the petition to end the travelling dolphin circus, please do.