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Aquaria quit JAZA in protest of Taiji dolphin ban

Two Japanese aquariums have resigned from the Japanese Association of Aquariums and Zoos (JAZA) due to the ban placed by JAZA in 2015 on members from buying dolphins

A pod of what appear to be pilot whale dolphins swim in a sealed off area known as "killer cove" just after the first dolphin cull of the season has taken place in Taiji, a small fishing village in central western Japan on 10 September 2009. Floating upside-down at top right of the picture, where the rocky cliff meets the water and the yellow inflatable floats, is the discarded body of a baby bottle nose dolphin..Photographer: Robert Gilhooly

Dolphins swim in a sealed off area known as “killer cove” just after the first dolphin cull of the season in Taiji on 10 September 2009. Photo: Rob Gilhooly

caught during the infamous dolphin hunts in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture.

Kaikyokan in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Shin-Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, handed in their resignations April 2.

The reason given by Kaikyokan is that the Taiji hunts are legal and JAZA’s ban on Taiji-caught dolphins is “unacceptable.” Shin-Enoshima said it wanted to continue research into breeding dolphins and in order to do so it would be necessary to nurture relations with Taiji and other non-JAZA members. By leaving JAZA the two organisations will be able to purchase dolphins caught by Taiji’s fishermen.

JAZA’s response is that there are other ways to pursue husbandry without trading with Taiji. (Taiji is the subject of the Oscar-award winning film, The Cove.)

Shortly after the JAZA ban I wrote a feature story for The Japan Times here

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