Entertainment Business with Animals in Bali

Bali is no different from many countries in the world, where some animals are mistreated for the sake of entertaining people and making profits. This sad phenomenon is widespread in developing countries, but it’s also seen all over the world. Zoos, circuses, and animal parks are very often at the core of the problem.

It might be easy to blame the people starting and running these businesses. And yes, they are responsible for their actions. Yet it also comes down to the consumer. We can decide to take more responsible choices and own the consequences and ripple effects. The moment we decide to use animals for entertainment . And, of course, if we care about animal welfare and their well-being, then we need to be more aware of how we interact with animal businesses and consume overall.

As a visitor to Bali, you have the choice. The power to decide which establishments and activities you visit and therefore support. A business that does not have customers will either change their approach or has to shut down. Bali.com decided that we will not list, promote or accept any form of advertising for certain business lines, of which we are not convinced, that animal welfare is properly in place. And simply put, some businesses, by the very fact they do exist, fall through the net already. There is no way to keep dolphins in captivity in a proper way. Any direct contact with and petting of monkeys and big cats are also by definition problematic. A dancing monkey might be funny for the simple mind, but the suffering of the animal is real and constant.

We are no animal police and no experts in this field. We did not and cannot visit all the places that make a living by using animals. Therefore, this is a subjective and personal decision of the people behind this website. Every visitor to Bali is free to decide on their own, what to do and not to do and see whether they would treat their dog or cat at home like that.

A shortlist of things we do not support:

  • Dolphin encounters of any sort
  • Dolphin tours in a boat (mainly Lovina bay)
  • Some of the Elephant Riding Adventures
  • Big Game & Sport Fishing
  • Spear Fishing
  • Horse Riding (depends on the stable), some are good, most are not
  • Manta, Whaleshark and Mola Mola dives with touching
  • Most Kopi Luwak plantations (most are keeping the Luwak in small cages, forcing them to eat the coffee beans all the time, which is only a tiny part of their natural diet)
  • Birds in cages, in restaurants and hotels
  • Turtle island
  • Dancing Monkey Entertainment


If you become aware of any businesses that make money on animals’ suffering, please feel free to contact us.