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A Very High Porpoise, Indeed

Bali Animal Welfare Group Protests Traveling Dolphin Circus

(6/17/2012) Tens of animal rights activists staged protests on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the entrance to a traveling dolphin circus erected at the Central Parking area of Kuta, Bali, before being disbanded by police for lacking a gathering permit.

The protestors, many of them young children, called for the closure of a circus they claimed exploits and causes suffering to dolphins.

The operational managers of the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), Rangga Wisnu, told Kompas.com, that his group opposed the cruelty to animals represented by the dolphin circus. Citing an example, he pointed to the means used to transport the mammals, which Rangga said is accomplished by using large plastic bags and unclean water in a process he says is torture for the magnificent dolphins.

BAWA has formally written to the Bali police alleging that the circus violates Section 302 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) and Law Number 18 of 2009 – both dealing with animal health and cruelty to animals.

The Dolphin circus was scheduled to open on June 15, 2012 but the actual opening was delayed, according to BAWA, due to problems in shipping the dolphins to Kuta.