A new investigation by World Animal Protection found that almost every single animal tourism venue in Bali has failed to meet the basic needs of wild animals in captivity. Appalled by their findings, World Animal Protection has now dubbed these places as “wildlife abusement parks”.

Their extensive research into wildlife entertainment tourism, which you can find here, looked at 1,500 animals across 26 venues in Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan.

World Animal Protection concluded that 96 percent of the venues assessed fell into the lowest level of welfare condition scores, with severely inadequate conditions for the animals.

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Only one venue scored marginally better in terms of conditions for its captive primates, scoring six out of 10 points, but this was still inadequate and fell short of meeting many of the needs of captive wild animals.

“The conditions at the wildlife entertainment venues within the study area are deeply concerning, with the welfare of the captive animals being severely compromised”.

World Animal Protection

The report said elephants, tigers, dolphins and other wild animals at tourist entertainment venues with direct human-animal interactions were routinely mistreated with cruelty at every stage of the process, from stressful capture to long years in captivity.

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“Travellers should stay away from any irresponsible entertainment activities involving wild animals. If you can ride, hug, swim with or have a selfie with a wild animal, please don’t and don’t visit venues offering these activities.”

World Animal Protection

The report said tourists may see a “lush venue” with animals that look like they’re fine. But what they don’t see is that when they leave, those animals are put back into small cages and enclosures, they’d had inadequate access to veterinary care, poor diets, and in some cases the training process to get them to the point where they will interact with you is really cruel and brutal.

“They’re quite clever like that, they claim to be involved in conservation, they claim they’ve rescued them from loggers, they claim they’re doing research, but they’re really not. They’re exploiting them for profit and they’re treating them cruelly,” the report explained.


World Animal Protection said Australians could play a part in stopping the abuse by boycotting wildlife entertainment venues in Bali.

“We do think that would have an impact on the industry. Australians definitely have a role to play,” they said.


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