Target: The Indonesian Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan
Goal: Free four wild dolphins being kept in a small, chlorinated pool.
Indonesian citizens have been protesting the Wake Bali Adventure Resort since its first opening last year, and because they still have not changed the resort’s treatment or protocol of dolphins since then, it is time to speak out again. A similar facility was already shut down two years ago by the Minister, who then made a pledge to close down every other dolphin attraction site in the country. It’s time for him to follow his word and help us in our efforts to save these wild dolphins from cruel and harmful conditions.
Dolphins that have been kept in confined captivity for long spans of time cannot simply be returned to the wild. These animals will need professional rehabilitation and habitation, and the rescue center supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry have no record of ever releasing their “rehabilitated” animals. The adjacent Komune Bali Resort at Karamas has no dolphins whatsoever and both owners actively support organizations that protect marine life. It is imperative that the dolphins at Wake Bali Adventure Resort be turned over to a responsible center that will do its best to meet their needs.
Tell the Minister of Forestry to act on his own word and save these intelligent animals from cruelty and mistreatment.
To the Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan:
In August of 2013, you vowed to ban all dolphin attraction sites from the country of Indonesia, and yet more have continued to spread. For an entire year, Wake Bali Adventure Resort has held four wild dolphins captive in a confined pool of chlorinated water. Chlorine releases ammonia into the animal’s living environment and will eventually cause serious chemical burns that can become deadly. These animals have been taken from their homes and are now being tortured for the fleeting entertainment of tourists and vacationers.
Dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures. They have advanced communication skills and have developed remarkable problem-solving skills. Treating a mammal of this intelligence the way the dolphins at the Wake Bali Adventure Resort have been treated is the equivalent of abusing a human toddler. As the Minister of Forestry, you have taken the responsibility of these animal’s lives and well-being into your own hands. These creatures have been cruelly mistreated and psychologically damaged, and it will take time for them to heal before they are simply cast back out to the wild. I urge you to please save these animals from exploitation and return them to their rightful homes.
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Photo credit: Scott Kalman