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Travelling dolphin show is shut down

Dolphin circus in Indonesia

An infamous and cruel travelling dolphin circus in Indonesia has been shut down following years of campaigning by Dolphin Project and local activists, and supported by WDC.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia has announced that it will not renew permits for Wersut Seguni Indonesia, the company responsible for the travelling dolphin circus, and so it will now close down.

For many years the dolphins forced to take part in the shows were transported from venue to venue, often spending days at a time in small boxes.

Once the circus set up in a new location the dolphins were forced to perform tricks for food, swam in tiny highly chlorinated pools and made to dance to loud background music.

The public are being encouraged to send a note of thanks to Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister @siti.nurbayabakar (Instagram).

WDC is working to establish a sanctuary for beluga whales held in captivity – read more.

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