The controversial dolphin show that was running for the past weeks in Bali went back to Jakarta on the weekend transported by national carrier Garuda, which now, under pressure from animal welfare groups, is reviewing its policy on transporting protected live animals.
“Garuda Indonesia airline is responsible for their transport. On Saturday the two dolphins left Denpasar on a passenger flight, GA 411. The dolphins were packed in small crates together with sea lions and otters, all the animals had been exploited in the circus,” wrote Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) founder Femke den Haas in a Sunday release provided to local press.
JAAN also wrote that the flight was harmful for dolphins due to the extreme gravity and extreme noise involved, which were both harmful to the animals. Also the high chlorine content used in the small plastic pools and transport boxes in which they are transported where the chlorine can blind them.
In its press release, JAAN called for a boycott against the national carrier, Garuda Indonesia, which had been supporting the transportation of travelling circuses.
“The petition against Garuda Indonesia was recently launched and already counts thousands of signatures at change.org. Meanwhile, a petition against the Indonesian dolphin travel shows has so far counted 20,000 signatures from people opposing them,” JAAN wrote.
Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia vice president for corporate communication, Pujobroto, made an official statement on Sunday evening saying, “Garuda is committed to conservation of nature, including preservation of dolphins. Garuda will review its policy in transporting live animals, including/especially the dolphins.”