Bali is no different from many countries in the world, where animals are
treated badly for the sake of entertaining people and profits. More so
in developing countries, but it's not an exclusive problem in this
region. It might be easy to blame the people starting and
running these businesses. But we feel, ultimately, it comes down to the
consumer, and if one decides to take more responsibility for the
consequences and ripple effects of our choices, how and when to get
entertainment by animals. And, of course, if one cares
about animals and their well-being in the first place.
Considering, that cute cat pictures are most probably the most shared and liked posts in the entire internet kingdom, we assume, that most of us do care. More and more studies show, that many animal species have a much higher capacity to feel (joy, pain, stress), than what was previously known and accepted as scientific consensus. But it many cases, common sense and a little bit of empathy for an animal helps to figure out, if and at what level suffering is part of the equation.
As a visitor to Bali, you have great power. The power to decide which establishments and activities you visit and therefore spend your money on. 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 the animals do not suffer.
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.