Stop cruel dolphin hunts. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) moves to disqualify Japan.
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.
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.
From Asahi Degital, May 9, 2015
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.