World zoo body welcomes Japan group's move to ban Taiji dolphins

May 21, 2015

World zoo body welcomes Japan group's move to ban Taiji dolphins

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums said it was “pleased” to learn the Japanese zoo group will officially ban its members from buying wild dolphins captured off the town of Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture. In a statement released overnight after Wednesday’s decision by ...

Japan aquariums vote to stop using dolphins from Taiji

May 20, 2015

Japan aquariums vote to stop using dolphins from Taiji

by Tomoko Otake

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced Wednesday that it will ban its members from buying dolphins caught off the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, amid protests from activists and pressure from a global industry body to stop the practice. JAZA reached the ...

Zoos, aquariums vote on Taiji dolphins; outcome due Wednesday

May 19, 2015

Zoos, aquariums vote on Taiji dolphins; outcome due Wednesday

Members of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums finished voting Tuesday on whether to remain part of a global zoo body that suspended the association over the acquisition of dolphins caught in drive hunts off the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. The outcome ...

Japan zoo body polls members on use of Taiji dolphins

May 13, 2015

Japan zoo body polls members on use of Taiji dolphins

by Tomoko Otake

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums is asking zoos and aquariums across the country to vote on the continued procurement of dolphins from the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, whose dolphin hunts and annual culls have riled activists worldwide. The unprecedented request by ...

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

Apr 25, 2015

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

by Rob Gilhooly

The world’s leading zoo organization announces it has lost patience with Japan’s continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspends its Japanese member from its roster.

American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

Jan 20, 2015

American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

by Kanae Ayukawa

An American researcher studying the centuries-old whaling culture of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, is using the Internet to give people overseas a more nuanced picture of the coastal town, which gained international notoriety through a documentary about its dolphin hunting practices. Jay Alabaster, 39, visited ...

Rare albino dolphin captured in Taiji: Sea Shepherd

Nov 26, 2014

Rare albino dolphin captured in Taiji: Sea Shepherd

A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, said a campaign group staging a protest over the sale or slaughter of the creatures. The albino Risso’s dolphin was driven into a cove over the weekend by fishermen at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, said ...