The World Association for Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the world's largest network of zoos and aquariums around the world. Some members of the international aquarium and zoo industry are strongly connected to the Japanese dolphin slaughter, in that they pay top dollar for dolphins deemed suitable for commercial exploitation in dolphin shows and captive dolphin swim programs. In Taiji, live bottlenose dolphins have been sold for as much as $154,000. The dolphin massacres in Japan will continue for as long as members of the international dolphin display industry reward the fishermen with thousands of dollars for animals that are deemed suitable for commercial exploitation in captivity.
Send WAZA a letter urging them to enforce their Code of Ethics and expel the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) from their organization. Furthermore, WAZA must expel all other facilities that have purchased dolphins from the dolphin drive hunts.
I recently attended a screening of the film The Cove and have learned about the brutal dolphin slaughter taking place in Taiji, Japan. By purchasing dolphins captured during this brutal practice, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) is violating WAZA code of ethics and therefore must be expelled.
Furthermore, WAZA should expel all other facilities that have purchased dolphins from dolphin drive hunts.
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