A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

| May 30, 2015

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

by Philip Brasor

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to stop buying dolphins captured during drive hunts conducted by fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. For the past decade, the town has received a great deal of negative publicity because of its dolphin slaughter, and ...

No aquariums quit industry body over ban on Taiji dolphins

May 29, 2015

No aquariums quit industry body over ban on Taiji dolphins

The industry body that represents Japanese aquariums and zoos ended its two-day general meeting Friday with some members expressing dissatisfaction with its recent ban on acquiring dolphins caught in drive hunts, but there were no resignations over the issue. The Japanese Association of Zoos ...

JAZA holds annual meeting, with dolphin hunt on the agenda

May 28, 2015

JAZA holds annual meeting, with dolphin hunt on the agenda

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums started its two-day annual general meeting on Thursday, where its member bodies were expected to hear more about the association’s recent decision to ban the acquisition of dolphins from a controversial drive hunt. The heads of about ...

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

May 28, 2015

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. “We will never stop it,” Yoshifumi Kai of the local fisheries cooperative told reporters. The news ...

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 ...