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Westerlaken foundation

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MARINE WILDLIFE CAMPAIGNS

Westerlaken Foundation actively supports and funds campaigns aimed at combating the captivity of marine animals, including dolphins and turtles. As part of our ongoing anti-captivity efforts, we have developed a comprehensive campaign that can be downloaded below. We encourage you to utilize and share this campaign to help raise awareness and advocate for the welfare and freedom of these magnificent creatures. Together, let's spread the message and work towards a future without the captivity of sea animals.

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LOVINA SUSTAINABLE DOLPHIN WATCHING

Based on extensive research, the foundation is actively engaged in promoting sustainable dolphin watching practices in Lovina. In collaboration with the government, boat captains, and relevant associations, we have developed training programs and capacity-building meetings. Additionally, we have created a short informational movie for tourists to raise awareness about sustainable dolphin watching. As part of our commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles, we encourage every tourist to scan a QR code on the boat, which provides them with valuable information on sustainable dolphin practices. This initiative aims to foster responsible tourism and ensure the well-being of dolphins while preserving the marine ecosystem.

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REPORT HARMFUL SITUATIONS OR STRANDINGS

Report any harmful situation (if needed anonymously) regarding marine wildlife by using the field on the right. 

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RED FLAGS

Signs that the facility may not be a legitimate sanctuary or rehab facility

Here are some guidelines to help identify whether a facility is a legitimate sanctuary or rehabilitation centre for dolphins:

 

If a facility:

- Offers photo opportunities

- Provides paid interactions and scheduled activities

- Allows dolphins to be touched, kissed, and perform tricks like splashing or playing with a ball

- Emphasizes education and conservation in their marketing but also offers photo ops, paid interactions, touching, kissing, and tricks

- Has a scientific or rescue program but still offers photo ops, paid interactions, touching, kissing, and tricks

- Claims to rescue stranded whales and dolphins but doesn't prioritize immediate release and instead brings them to a captive centre

- Claims to have rescued dolphins without providing documentation or proof (often citing a fisherman's story) and keeps these animals in a pool for tourist entertainment instead of focusing on rehabilitation and release

- Engages in breeding programs

 

Then, the facility is not a sanctuary or rehabilitation centre but rather a facility that keeps dolphins for financial gain.

 

Genuine sanctuaries prioritize the well-being of the dolphins and do not involve them in shows or force human interactions, which can cause stress for the animals, as described above.

CAMPAIGNS WORK

Your support in spreading the message is greatly appreciated! In 2019, Westerlaken Foundation collaborated with the Ric O'Barry Dolphin Project, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, and BKSDA to rescue Johni, Dewa, Rocky, and Rambo from the chlorine pool at Melka Resort in Lovina. This successful rescue mission highlights the importance of our campaigns. We are committed to continuing our efforts and undertaking more rescue missions in 2020. To witness the impact of our campaigning, please watch the movie below.
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