AfA Coalition calls for an end to animal performances at Jakarta’s Ancol Dreamland


Mr Anies Baswedan
Governor of Jakarta

August 2018

Dear Mr Anies Baswedan:

Re: End the use of animals in performances at Ancol Dreamland

We are writing on behalf of the Asia for Animals Coalition in support of the ‘Movement to End Animal Circuses in Indonesia’ and their call to end the use of animals in the circus performances at Ancol Dreamland in Jakarta.

We are pleased to hear that members of the ‘Movement to End Animal Circuses in Indonesia’ met with representatives of the Agency for Development of Regional Owned Enterprises, part of the Government of Jakarta, on July 18th 2018, to discuss this issue, and that your staff understand that animal circus performances are a form of animal cruelty. We are also reassured to hear that, as the majority shareholder, the Government of Jakarta will be discussing this with PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol and other shareholders to identify actions that can be taken to end the exploitation of animals in circus performances.

The Asia for Animals Coalition is strongly opposed to this exploitation. The abusive and exploitative treatment of animals used in animal performances at Ancol is a major concern, given the techniques we know to be used to control the animals during training and performances, and the poor living conditions for these animals.

Globally, we are seeing an ever-growing number of countries banning the use of wild animals in circus performances, with over 50 countries already having passed progressive laws to outlaw such practices. Indonesia’s ongoing support of animal exploitation in the name of entertainment in circuses runs contrary to growing concerns about the unacceptable and abusive techniques relied on at such venues.

On behalf of our members globally, we appeal to you as Governor of Jakarta to join the international movement against the use and abuse of animals in performances, and to take strong and immediate action to put an end to this exploitation at Ancol.

Sent on behalf of the following organizations:

Animal Guardians
Animal People
Animals Asia Foundation
Blue Cross of India
Born Free Foundation
Change for Animals Foundation
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
Four Paws International
Humane Society International
International Fund for Animal Welfare
The Jane Goodall Institute
Philippine Animal Welfare Society
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Hong Kong
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sarawak, Malaysia
World Animal Protection

Please respond to:

David Neale
Animal Welfare Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Room 1501, Tung Hip Commercial Building
244-252 Des Voeux Road Central
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Copied to:

President Joko Widodo
President Republik Indonesia
Istana Negara
Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara
Jakarta Pusat 10110

Her Excellence Siti Nurbaya Bakar
Minister of Environment & Forestry
Ministry of Environment & Forestry Republic of Indonesia
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I Lt. 3
Jalan Gatot Subroto – Senayan
Jakarta 10270

President Director of PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol
Paul Tehusijarana

Corporate Secretary of PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol
Agung Praptono

Mr. Bambang Hendroyono
Secretary General
Ministry of Environment & Forestry Republic of Indonesia
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I Lt. 3
Jalan Gatot Subroto – Senayan – Jakarta – Indonesia – 10270

Mr. Rasio Ridho Sani
Director General of Law Enforcement
Ministry of Environment & Forestry Republic of Indonesia
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I Lt. 3
Jalan Gatot Subroto – Senayan – Jakarta – Indonesia – 10270

Mr. Bambang Dahono Adji
Directorate of Conservation & Biodiversity, Ministry of Forestry
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Bld Block VII 7th Floor
Jalan Gatot Subroto
Jakarta 10270

Dr H Rahmat Shah
Indonesian Zoo and Aquarium Association (PKBSI)
Jl. Harsono RM
No 10 Ragunan
Jakarta, 12550

Tony Sumampau
Secretary General
Indonesian Zoo and Aquarium Association (PKBSI)
Jl. Harsono RM
No 10 Ragunan
Jakarta, 12550

Supported by:

1. Action for Dolphins, WORLDWIDE
2. Agriculture & Forestry University, NEPAL
3. All Life In A Viable Environment, JAPAN
4. Alliance for Earth, Life, Liberty & Advocacy, HONG KONG
5. Andhra Pradesh Goshalala Federation, INDIA
6. Anima-Society for the Protection of Animals, CHINA
7. Animal Advocacy and Protection, EUROPE
8. Animal Aid Unlimited, USA
9. Animal Friendly Alliance, HONG KONG
10. Animal Friends Niigata, JAPAN
11. Animal Health Training and Consultancy Service, NEPAL
12. Animal Nepal, NEPAL
13. Animal Projects & Environmental Education Sdn Bhd, SEA
14. Animal Protection and Environmental Sanctuary, SOUTH AFRICA
15. Animal Protection Network, SWEDEN
16. Animal Refuge Kansai Japan, JAPAN
17. Animal Rights Action Network, IRELAND
18. Animal Rights Center Japan, JAPAN
19. Animal Sanctuary Trust Indoensia, INDONESIA
20. Animal Welfare And Anti Harassment Society Nashik Maharashtra, INDIA
21. Animal Welfare Institute, WORLDWIDE
22. Australians for Animals, AUSTRALIA
23. Bears in Mind, WORLDWIDE
24. Beauty Without Cruelty, INDIA
25. Behavioural & Environmental Solutions, USA
26. Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh, Hyderabad, INDIA
27. Big Cat Rescue, WORLDWIDE
28. British Hen Welfare Trust, UK
29. Causes for Animals (Singapore) Ltd, SINGAPORE
30. Centre for Orangutan Protection, INDONESIA
31. Changsha Small Animal Protection Association 长沙市小动物保护协会 , CHINA
32. China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, CHINA
33. China Farm Animal Protection Coalition中国农场动物保护联盟, CHINA
34. China Zoo Watch, CHINA
35. Compassion in World Farming, WORLDWIDE
36. Compassion Unlimited Plus Action , INDIA
37. CPR Environmental Education Centre, INDIA
38. Darjeeling Animal Shelter, INDIA
39. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, UK
40. Djurens Ratt (Animals Right Sweden), SWEDEN
41. Djurskyddet Sverige (Animal Welfare Sweden), SWEDEN
42. Dobro Surtse, BULGARIA
43. Dogstop, ASIA
44. Dzivnieku Draugs, LATVIA
45. Egyptian Society of Animal Friends, EGYPT
46. Elephant Asia Rescue & Survival Foundation, HONG KONG
47. ElephantVoices, KENYA
48. Environment Films, UK
49. Environment Forestry Department, INDIA
50. European Animal Protection Foundation / Europaeische Tierschutzstiftung, SWITZERLAND
52. Finnish Federation for Animal Welfare Organisations (SEY), FINLAND
54. For Elephants International, INTERNATIONAL
55. Franciscan Order – Hong Kong, HONG KONG
56. GAIA (Voice of the Voiceless), BELGIUM
57. Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, USA
58. Global Sanctuary for Elephants, INTERNATIONAL
60. Greyhound Compassion, EUROPE
61. Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust , UK
62. Iceland Animal Welfare Foundation, ICELAND
63. In Defence of Animals USA, USA
64. In Defence of Animals, India, INDIA
65. International Animal & Birds Welfare Society , INDIA
66. International Primate Protection League, INTERNATIONAL
67. International Otter Survival Fund, WORLDWIDE
68. Jakarta Animal Aid Network, INDONESIA
69. Japan Anti-Vivisection Association, JAPAN
70. JBF (India) Trust, INDIA
71. Jinchuan Society for the Protection of Stray Animals 甘肃省金昌市金川区流浪动物保护协会, CHINA
72. Karuna Society for Animals & Nature, INDIA
73. Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre,
74. Korea Animal Rights Advocates, KOREA
75. Korean Animal Welfare Association, KOREA
76. Landmark Foundation, SOUTH AFRICA
77. Lanta Animal Welfare, ASIA
78. Life Conservationist Association, TAIWAN
79. Lifelong Animal Protection, HONG KONG
80. Light of Life Veterinary Clinic, SINGAPORE
81. Liuzhou Small Animal Protection Association 柳州市小动物保护协会, CHINA
82. Melbourn Dolphin, AUSTRALIA
83. Mind Life Foundation, INDIA
84., KOREA
85. Navale Consulting Group, INDIA
86. Neotropical Primate Conservation, UK
87. Orangutan Aid, HONG KONG
88. PAWS Bangkok, BANGKOK
89. People for Animals, Trivandrum, INDIA
90. People social service and education development society, INDIA
91. Performing Animal Welfare Society, USA
92. PETA Asia 亚洲善待动物组织, HONG KONG
93. Plants and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS Asia), ASIA
94. Qingdao Society for the Protection of Animals 青岛爱护动物协会, CHINA
96. Rattle the Cage Productions, THAILAND
97. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland, QUEENSLAND
98. RSPCA – New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
99. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth Malaysia), MALAYSIA
100. Sahayog Organisation, Andhra Pradesh Goshalala Federation, Hyderabad, INDIA
101. SAI (Save Animals Initiative) Sanctuary Trust, INDIA
102. Scorpion Foundation Indonesia, ASIA
103. Showing Animals Respect and Kindness,
104. SJZ One Meter More Love stray cats rescue group石家庄一米爱流浪猫救助团队, CHINA
105. Society for Animal Welfare and Management, NEPAL
106. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Penang, MALAYSIA
107. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Singapore, SINGAPORE
108. Society for the Protection of Animals Ljubimci, YUGOSLAVIA
109. Soi Dog Foundation, THAILAND
110. Stiftung fuer Baeren / Foundation for Bears, SWITZERLAND
111. Stray Relief and Animal Welfare, INDIA
112. Sun Bear Centre – Kalimantan, INDONESIA
113. Swiss Animal Protection, CHINA
114. Taiwan SPCA台灣防止虐待動物協會, TAIWAN
115. Thai Fund for Elephant Foundation, THAILAND
116. Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, INDIA
117. The Corbett Foundation, INDIA
118. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, KENYA
119. The Home of Love (The Salvation Centre of Animals), CHINA
120. The Humane Education Trust, SOUTH AFRICA
121. The Jane Goodall Institute – Australia, AUSTRALIA
122. The Kerulos Center Elephant Liberation, USA
123. The Kerulos Center Science in Service to Animals, USA
124. The Non-Human Rights Project, USA
125. The University of Bristol, UK
126. The Welfare of Stray Dogs – Mumbai, INDIA
127. TRAFFIC International, UK
128. United Against Elephant Polo, INDIA
129. Vegan-It, SOUTH AFRICA
130. Voice for Zoo Animals, JAPAN
131. Whale & Dolphin Conservation, UK
132. Wild & Free – Rehabilitation & Release, UK
133. Wild Futures, WORLDWIDE
134. Wildlife Alliance, CAMBODIA
135. Wildlife in Need, PHILIPPINES
136. Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, INDIA
137. Wolf Watch UK, UK
138. Working for Animals , AUSTRALIA
139. World Animal Net, WORLDWIDE
140. World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, SWITZERLAND
141. Xi’an Grenadine Companion Animal Rescue Center 西安红石榴伴侣动物救助中心, CHINA
142. YeuDongVat, VIETNAM
143. Zoocheck Inc., WORLDWIDE

Featured image: Families queue for selfies with dolphins, Indonesia. Image credit: Animals Asia, CC BY-SA 3.0

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