Stop cruel dolphin hunts. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) moves to disqualify Japan.

May 14, 2015
Stop cruel dolphin hunts.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) moves to disqualify Japan.

We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, have been protesting the dolphins hunts in Taiji, Wakayama.
In February last year, we met the staff of the Fisheries Agency to ask for abolishment of the dolphin hunts.
Please read my past blog.

http://banbihouse.blog69.fc2.com/blog-category-51.html

At the same time, Inuneko Kyusainowa has been asking for the cooperation of Embassies in Japan of the countries which are against whaling.
I thank all people who sent e-mails or faxes to the parties concerned.
It was a small but very important step.
We have to go on to abolish the dolphin hunts.

We will oppose the sacrifice of any creatures, and the use them for commercial purposes, in the name of tradition.
We are such a small organisation, and can’t do anything without your support.
Please stay with us, and raise your voice for the animals that can’t speak for themselves.
Thank you so much.
Akiko Yui
representative
Inuneko Kyusainowa.


From Asahi Degital, May 9, 2015
http://digital.asahi.com/articles/ASH59533TH59UTIL019.html?_requesturl=articles%2FASH59533TH59UTIL019.html&iref=comkiji_txt_end_s_kjid_ASH59533TH59UTIL019 >

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) brings Japanese dolphin fishing into question, and considers disqualification of Japan.

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA, Tokyo) consists of 153 zoos and aquariums.
JAZA said that the qualification termination date was April 21.
The problem is that some aquariums bought dolphins from Taiji, Wakayama, where dolphin drive hunting is said to be cruel.
 
JAZA said that 30 aquariums have dolphins.
Some breed by themselves, or rescue wild dolphins accidentally caught in fishing nets, but some also buy from Taiji.
In Taiji, they drive a flock of dolphins into the inlet, and capture some.
This drive hunting violates an ethics regulation of WAZA.

  
If the qualification for WAZA ends, it will be difficult to continue exchanges of rare species through that network.
JAZA will examine the correspondence with the members and give a conclusion by the end of this month.


WAZA declared in the official letter, dated April 22, that ‘we request all members to follow the policy, which forbids cruel methods of capturing animals.
WAZA has worked to stop JAZA’s acquisition of dolphins by drive hunting for several years.

This issue was argued often in international meetings of WAZA.
JAZA explained that the fisherman had devised methods that reduce the burden on the dolphins, and tried to gain understanding for this reasoning.

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Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

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We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.


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