Mie University aims to develop dolphin-breeding technology

JIJI

Mie University plans to set up a facility to develop viable dolphin-breeding technology in fiscal 2016 in a move that could help aquariums secure stable supplies of the mammal, it was learned Thursday.

It will be the first Japanese university to have such a facility, according to officials at the Mie Prefecture institution.

Since the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums decided in May 2015 to ban the procurement of dolphins caught by drive hunting, it has become difficult for member aquariums to secure dolphins.

Dolphin shows are a major attraction at many aquariums.

The planned facility will aim to develop a feasible technology to breed dolphins by accumulating knowledge on raising dolphins and conducting related research, in cooperation with other facilities in Japan.

Motoi Yoshioka, a professor at the university, said there had been no solid technology enabling stable dolphin breeding, noting that baby dolphins die within a year of birth in many cases.

“We plan to start with bottlenose dolphins,” Yoshioka said, adding, “After a viable technology is established, we hope to apply it to other dolphin species.”

  • susanna minacheili

    the whole world is moving forward banning captivity of cetaceans ,recognising dolphins as non human persons and you want to support their captivity ?SHAME ON YOU !!! PRIMITIVE !!!

  • susanna minacheili

    the whole world is moving forward banning captivity of cetaceans ,recognising dolphins as non human persons and you want to support their captivity ?SHAME ON YOU !!! PRIMITIVE !!!

  • http://wetgoddess.net/ Malcolm J. Brenner

    While I appreciate this response to the horrible drive hunts as being more humane, dolphins are not chattel. They are the non-human people of the sea, and they should not be treated like livestock!

    • Cherry

      And livestock should also not be treated like livestock. Being born the wrong species isn’t justifiable.

  • http://wetgoddess.net/ Malcolm J. Brenner

    While I appreciate this response to the horrible drive hunts as being more humane, dolphins are not chattel. They are the non-human people of the sea, and they should not be treated like livestock!

  • Colleen Phillips

    Don’t they understand that it is NOT JUST about them stealing from the ocean – the killing, the insensitivity, the evil, the outdated ‘tradition’ – whether they breed them themselves or not we will STILL keep on at them. The take will be ‘WE BREED OUR CHILDREN DOES THIS GIVE US THE RIGHT TO KILL AND EAT THEM, OR ENSLAVE THEM AND MAKE THEM DO SHOWS FOR FOOD?” Yes Japan – would you kill your child to eat?