Japanese zoos announce they will stop buying dolphins from Taiji

taiji dolphins japanJapan’s zoos and aquariums have announced they will no longer buy dolphins captured during the annual hunt at Taiji that gained international notoriety through the documentary The Cove. Nonetheless, the hunts are set to continue.


  • In April, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums suspended Japan’s association for violating the global organization’s code of ethics.
  • The Japanese association represents 89 zoos and 63 aquariums, with around 250 dolphins in their facilities.
  • Japanese aquariums buy an average of 20 dolphins from Taiji every year.


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Jeremy Smith
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Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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