Taiji

Taiji - an inflated symbol of perceived culture

I have the pleasure of introducing a guest blog by Kame-Kujira-Neko, a Japanese whale and dolphin advocate and author. Kame regularly blogs about whaling and dolphin hunting, mainly in Japanese. His novel “Whales Ocean” was published in Japan in 1995.

In Japan, "Alternative facts" about whaling are spreading.

Good news for WDC dolphin hunt campaign

We have received another boost to our campaign to stop airlines transporting dolphins around the world and fueling the captivity industry.

Air India has joined the growing list of major airlines that have now confirmed to us that they will not carry live dolphins taken from cruel hunts in Japan on their aircraft. 

World zoo organisation accused of links to brutal Japanese dolphin hunts

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the organisation behind the world’s leading zoos, is being taken to court in Switzerland by conservation groups over claims that it is directly linked to the infamous dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan.

Waza stands accused of helping secure captured dolphins for one of its members, despite publicly condemning the hunts. The organisation is alleged to have allowed a deal between the fishermen in Taiji (who herd and slaughter the dolphins) and the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which is an associate WAZA member.

Launch of new whale watch body in Japan could help end slaughter

WDC has welcomed the launch of a body promoting whale and dolphin watching in Japan which could help the country turn its back on whale and dolphins hunts for good.

Representatives from WDC were present at the first ever meeting of the Japan Whale Dolphin Watching Council in Tokyo, together with whale and dolphin watching operators based in Japan.

Whales and dolphins can actually benefit from responsible watch operators. It is a great defence against hunts as it provides local people with a source of income without having to kill them.

Brutal Japanese drive hunt season ends but killing goes on

The horrific drive hunt season in Japan has ended but, although a temporary end to the slaughter in Japan is welcome, the drive hunt season for pilot whales carries on until April. Sadly, the fishermen in Taiji also continue to take part in harpoon hunts and 'small type coastal whaling' for false killer whales and pilot whales.

Scottish Parliamentarian Adds to Concerns Over Drive Hunts in Japan

On the heels of a flurry of diplomatic proclamations condemning the cruelty of the dolphin drive hunts in Japan, a Scottish member of Parliament has joined the refrain and issued a statement to encourage her colleagues to take up action against the hunts.

In her statement and motion lodged in the Scottish Parliament on February 21st, Alison McInnes said:

Wild caught dolphins on display for Olympic Winter Games

According to information received by WDC and partner group, OceanCare, dolphins caught during the cruel Japanese drive hunts are now thought to be held in dolphinaria in Sochi, Russia - venue for this year’s Winter Olympic Games. Other dolphins and small whales, captured in Russian waters, are also on display in the city. 

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