Dolphins in Bali tourist attraction had teeth removed to keep guests safe

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In Bali, Indonesia, dolphins captured and trained at a tourist attraction have had their teeth removed or filed down to ensure tourists were not harmed, leaving the creatures “traumatized.” Other dolphins are forced to jump from the water onto the side of a pool or landing during peak season shows stressing the animals internal organs and causing breathing difficulties.

On an island known for its forested volcanic mountain ranges, white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs, exotic animals used for entertaining tourists, are kept in filthy cages and stowed away until show time. On an island known for yoga and meditation, disturbing reports of animal cruelty are being exposed.

According to World Animal Protection, research reports from 26 animal attractions,  Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan, reveal the dolphins are kept in pools much too small and have had their teeth either removed or filed down. Chiara Vitali, from World Animal Protection stated:

“Having their teeth removed or filed down would be a very traumatic experience. It would have an effect that lasted for life. “

The report cited two female dolphins and young males had teeth filed down to “flat stumps.” Other teeth were missing. Trainers at the resort claimed the dolphins never grew teeth because they were raised in a pool. Dolphins use their teeth to establish dominance and to help absorb and detect sounds. Researchers state that is impossible. Because of so much publicity and bad press, tourists are not permitted to take photos or videos.

For a fee, tourists are towed out into the water on top of a dolphin’s back while holding onto its fin which may very well damage the animal’s fin if held too tightly.

As Bali grows increasingly popular with tourist trade, more animals suffer. Not one of the 26 animal attractions studied met the needs of the animals. And besides dolphins used for entertainment, are elephant rides,  drugged tigers used for taking photos, as well as orangutans and macaques chained around their necks and forced to perform.

Check out te video of the report by Wildlife Abusement Parks:

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