Japan Dolphin Slaughter: Aquariums To Stop Buying Taiji Dolphins, Are Bloody Cove Hunts Coming To An End?

May 20, 2015 1:25 PM

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Japan Dolphin Slaughter: Aquariums To Stop Buying Taiji Dolphins, Are Bloody Cove Hunts Coming To An End?

Japanese aquariums have agreed to stop buying dolphins captured in bloody slaughters near Taiji, a month after the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums threatened to expel its Japanese members unless they ended their business relationship with the town, according to The Asahi Shimbun. The infamous Taiji dolphin drives, in which dolphins are herded into a cove and killed for their meat, drew international ire after the 2009 award-winning documentary “The Cove” put a spotlight on the practice.

Most of the 63 aquariums and 89 zoos whose facilities belong to the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums said Wednesday they would no longer get dolphins from Taiji. The majority of the dolphins targeted in the Taiji hunts are slaughtered, however the most appealing ones are sold to aquariums ...

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