No Admittance: JAZA Threatens Expulsion Over Taiji-Caught Dolphins

Update July 9, 2015: WAZA has announced it has lifted JAZA’s membership suspension, in light of JAZA’s statement that it would expel members that continue to buy dolphins caught in drive hunts. Despite JAZA’s supposed compliance, Dolphin Project is not taking its promise at face value, and will continue to monitor activities at Taiji, commencing on September 1, 2015.

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In less than two months since the April 22, 2015 announcement by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to suspend membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) over taking dolphins from the Japanese drive fishery, new measures are being implemented by JAZA to restrict the importation of dolphins caught in these hunts.

On July 3, 2015, JAZA announced that member aquariums can be expelled for acquiring dolphins caught in the brutal hunts in Taiji. In addition, they will require members to submit certificates indicating where their dolphins were bought.

JAZA implemented these procedures after being threatened with eviction from WAZA, as their purchases of dolphins violated its code of ethics and animal welfare.

Ric O'Barry leading a demonstration outside the WAZA headquarters in Switzerland.

Ric O’Barry leading a demonstration outside the WAZA headquarters in Switzerland.

Dolphin Project was the first to call on WAZA to enforce its own Code of Ethics which requires its members to prohibit participating in cruel and non-selective methods of taking animals from the wild. Dolphin Project has lead the campaign for WAZA to expel JAZA, holding two protests in Switzerland at WAZA headquarters. And, shortly before WAZA’s announcement, Ric O’Barry traveled to The White House in Washington, D.C. to present a petition containing over one million signatures in support of dolphins to the Obama Administration and to Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States to address this issue.

Ric O'Barry at the The White House Washington D.C. Photo:

Ric O’Barry at The White House Washington D.C.

There is much more work to be done, in order to ensure both WAZA and JAZA actually do what they say they are going to do. We should not take them at their word. We must show up at the capture site in Taiji and monitor each and every dolphin capture. And we will, beginning September 1.” ~ Ric O’Barry

Interested in helping us educate the world that the massacre of dolphins in Taiji is a crime against nature and must be abolished immediately? Join us during Japan Dolphins Day – an international day of action.

You can also travel to Taiji as a Dolphin Project Cove Monitor. Join us on the front lines, helping to make sure what happens in Taiji is exposed to the world.

With your support, Dolphin Project will keep fighting to defend dolphins against slaughter and captivity.

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About Cara Sands

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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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