Animal Protection & Welfare in Bali


Entertainment Business with Animals

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.


A short list of things we do not support

  • Dolphin encounters of any sort
  • Dolphin tours in a boat (mainly Lovina bay)
  • Elephant Riding adventures
  • Big Game & Sport Fishing
  • Spear Fishing
  • Horse Riding (depends on the stable), some are good.
  • Manta and Mola Mola dives with touching
  • Kopi Luwak plantations (most are keeping the Luwak in small cages, forcing them to eat the coffee beans)
  • Birds in bird cages in restaurants and hotels
  • Cock Fighting

The only animal parks we do support due to their conservation efforts and level of animal welfare measurements are: Bali Zoo, Bali Bird Park and Bali Safari Park (although we do not agree with their elephant attraction).