Display dolphins snatched on route to rehabilitation centre for Bali Circus
Two dolphins have been “kidnapped” in Bali, Indonesia, after a restaurant which used to display the animals on the premises to lure in diners agreed to give them to a rehabilitation centre, an animal charity has claimed.
The Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) claims the owners of the Akame Dolphin Bay Restaurant in Benoa Harbour handed over the two dolphins for rehabilitation and release into the wild.
The NGO said the restaurant had made an agreement with Zulkifili Hasan, Indonesia’s forestry minister, to release the animals after he visited recently. They report that instead the Akame dolphins were taken to a travelling circus in Weleri, Central Java.
“The dolphins are now on a truck to be transported inhumanely over 20 hours or more to be put in a condition even worse than that noted by the minister as being ‘cruel and unacceptable’,” said the charity.