Cruel means of catching Dolphins for aquariums in Taiji tradition ends

Published on : Thursday, May 21, 2015

Japan controversial dolphin tradeAfter much controversy, Japan Aquariums have voted to stop the inclusion of Dolphins that are caught brutally in the annual hunt of Taiji.


The Japanese aquarium was compelled to take the step after the World Association if Zoos and Aquarium (Waza) has scrapped of Japan’s membership owing to the merciless ways the fishermen adopted in catching or killing the dolphins.


The brutality displayed by the Japanese fishermen as they engaged in killing the animals if they could not catch them alive has been widely criticised by the world. The entire tradition found global attention after the Oscar winning documentary film was made ‘The Cove’ in 2009.


The action came from Waza in April which announced that all its members are prohibited from using cruel and non selective methods in acquiring animals from their natural habitat.


After such restriction and prohibition orders were pronounced against the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza), the Japanese association has prohibited all members from acquiring the dolphins in the way that is practiced during Taiji. But despite the constriction imposed on its members, Jaza’s chair Kazutoshi Arai said that, neither is he criticizing Taiji and nor does he believe that the Taiji hunt is cruel. He also expressed his displeasure on Waza’s decision. The anti Taiji activists have supported the decision of Waza.

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