Shut Down the Smallest Dolphin Tank in the World

In Taiji, Japan, home to the notorious Taiji Whale Museum, captive dolphins are kept in abysmal conditions.  This museum is right around the corner from the killing Cove where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered brutally every year, as depicted in The Cove documentary.  Outrageously, the Taiji Whale Museum, run by the town of Taiji, helps capture dolphins for the international trade in live dolphins for dolphinariums around the world.  While the Taiji dolphin hunters get around $500 or so for a dead dolphin when sold on the market for meat, the Taiji Whale Museum will get more than $150,000 on the international market for a trained live dolphin, and so the Museum actually subsidizes the bloody dolphin drive hunts.

We call this international trade Blood Dolphin$.

While visiting the Taiji Whale Museum and checking out the tanks in January 2012, I again encountered one of the worst tanks there. I am pretty sure it is the smallest dolphin tank in the world.  This tank now plays host to two spotted dolphins that are listless and hang at the surface of the tank as if they were dead.  It is a horrible situation in a horrible facility!

 We have nicknamed these two poor dolphins Sad and Lonely.  They will soon be dead, if their conditions are not improved.  Ironically, the Japanese label in this tank notes that these two dolphins are of a species that is rare in captivity, because they do not do well in captivity!

You can help shut down the smallest dolphin tank in the world!

Please spread the word to your friends and family.  Thank you for your efforts on behalf of Sad and Lonely!

The Taiji Whale Museum is a member of the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or JAZA.  JAZA in turn is a member organization of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or WAZA.  WAZA maintains ethical standards for their associated zoos and aquariums all around the world.  WAZA is based in Switzerland.

Call or e-mail them NOW!

Dr Jorg Junhold, WAZA President

Gerald Dick, 
Executive Director


WAZA Executive Office

IUCN Conservation Centre

Rue Mauverney 28

CH-1196 Gland



Phone +41 (0)22 999 07 90

Fax +41 (0)22 999 07 91

We demand that you take action for two dolphins, named Sad and Lonely, who are currently being held in a small tank at the Taiji Whale Museum in Japan, a member of JAZA and WAZA.

We demand that the Taiji Whale Museum release the two dolphins Sad and Lonely back into the wild and close down the smallest dolphin tank in the world permanently.

We request your assurance that, at a bare minimum, the Museum immediately moves Sad and Lonely to the bigger sea pens and close down their small tank permanently.

If the Taiji Whale Museum refuses to take action, WAZA should rightfully expel them along with any other aquariums violating WAZA's stated opposition to the dolphin drive hunts and their code of ethics for captive cetaceans.


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