May 24, 2015

Five aquariums might quit JAZA over Taiji dolphin ban

Five of 34 aquariums that rear dolphins might leave the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums in light of its decision last week to prohibit them from acquiring animals caught during the annual slaughters conducted off the whaling town of Taiji, a survey said ...

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.

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

Apr 12, 2015

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

The mass beaching of over 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fueled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country — the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 18,000 people. Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

by Mark Brazil

In my last column of 2014, “Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature,” I mentioned the possibility of taking a whale-watching trip to the Ogasawara Islands. Ignore the international media hype about the country’s pelagic whaling industry — it’s a dying custom; instead, focus ...