Indonesia's Minister for Forestry and Minister for Tourism: Facilitate the rehabilitation and release of Indonesia’s captive dolphins.
  • Petitioned Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Tourism
Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu
Minister for Forestry C/- Secretary-General
Mr. Zulkifli Hasan
Inspector General
Ministry of Forestry
Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation
Ministry of Forestry
Minister for Tourism
Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu

Indonesia's Minister for Forestry and Minister for Tourism: Facilitate the rehabilitation and release of Indonesia’s captive dolphins.

    1. Petition by

      Freedom Blue

In October 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project and the Indonesian minister for Forestry Mr. Zulkifli Hasan, to rehabilitate and release the captive dolphins of Indonesia, a country which is now the world's last bastion of highly exploitative dolphin "travelling circuses".

A purpose built sea-pen rehabilitation facility was established in readiness, but remains unused to this day. It is highly likely that pressure from the captive dolphin industry has stalled efforts to carry out the agreed retreival of captive dolphins and has prevented government ministries from fulfilling their pledge.
In a recent development, two male bottlenose dolphins displayed in inadequate conditions at the Akame Restaurant in Benoa Harbour, Bali were removed clandestinely on 23rd February to prevent their agreed release to JAAN and Dolphin Project for rehabilitation.

Please add your voice to this petition and help us to bring pressure to bear on the Indonesian Minister of Forestry to honour his agreement to work with JAAN and the Dolphin Project to facilitate the rehabilitation and release of Indonesia’s exploited captive dolphins to their rightful home in the wild.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu responds:

      Ms. Mari Elka Pangestu

      I do not consent to my email being put as contact person for this petition. I am not working for the Ministry. Please take out my personal email. Thank you.

    3. Captive dolphins of Indonesia

      Hello again. Thank you again for your support and for following our petition on behalf of the captive dolphins of Indonesia. Within a short space of time we are a voice of 1,000+ strong. A direct communication is now to be sent to the Indonesian ministers for Foresty and Tourism to ask them to carry out the agreed program of handover of at-risk and exploited captive dolphins without further delay.
      We will keep you advised of progress, and we thank you all for contributing to this effort.
      We will keep this petition open, so please continue to speak out and sign - you voice counts.
      For the dolphins of Indonesia - Freedom Blue.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Captive dolphins of Indonesia

      Hello all. We are less than 24 hours into our petition and almost 500 signatures strong! Thank you all so much for lending your voice - each of you can make a difference.
      We still await positive news regarding the two bottlenoses Made and Wayan who were snatched in an eleventh hour bid to prevent their ageed upon handover to Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) and Dolphin Project.

      More importantly we need to deliver a clear message to the Indonesian Minister of Forestry to honour the agreements that have been forged, in order to ensure a planned program of retrieval, rehabilitation and release of captive dolphins can occur without tampering and delays.
      Let's keep the pace up in order to present our petition to Indonesian authorities as soon as possible.
      Thank you all on behalf of Indonesia's dolphins - Let's roll.
      Freedom Blue!

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 6 months ago

      Dolphins now can become an endangered animals if they are not keep well from now.

    • Anne-Marie Dheere ARADIPPOU, CYPRUS
      • 7 months ago

      Set them free they were never intended to stupidly entertain humans. They are meant to live long lives within the oceans and with their families and not a confined in a lonely concrete pool where the conditions are appalling.

    • Jean-Baptiste Carré PONTARLIER, FRANCE
      • 9 months ago

      Dolphins should be free ; they are clever animals ; non human persons - they should not be jailed to entertain humans.

    • Narda Kramer PORT WASHINGTON, WI
      • 9 months ago

      These creatures are meant to be out in the open sea. They cover vast areas and cannot do that locked in a pool. It is ludicrous to think it is humane to imprison them.

    • Wendy Burr CALGARY, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Dolphins are extremely intelligent and social animals that suffer immensely from isolation, forced performance and exploitation. Please release all dolphins to their ocean homes!


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