The controversial sale of dolphins caught in the cruel Taiji Cove drive hunts in Japan has led two aquariums to cancel their memberships with the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA).
In 2015, the Association decided to forbid members from taking dolphins captured alive in the brutal hunt. As a result, the two aquariums (Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa and Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum in Kaikyokan) have cancelled their JAZA membership.
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.
The seventh hunt of the season has taken place on the Faroe Islands with a total of 11 pilot whales killed. The slaughter took place in Fuglafirði yesterday and brings the total kills for the 2015 season to 501 pilot whales.
Two major German cruise lines are to stop sending their ships to the Faroe Islands in protest over the bloody whale and dolphin hunts that take place there.
Hapag-Lloyd and AIDA cruise lines will now look for alternative destinations to send their vessels, a move that represents a massive blow to the islands, which depends on tourism revenue.
The continuing brutal pilot whale hunts in the Faroes have reportedly prompted German shipping giant Hapag Lloyd, which operates luxury cruises that dock in the Faroe Islands, to issue an open letter to the country’s prime minister, Kaj Leo Johannesen, calling for an end to the controversial slaughter.
Staff from WDC’s offices around the world will join supporters and other concerned members of the public in a number of international demonstrations on the 1st September against Japan’s infamous dolphin slaughter. Thousands of people are expected to join in the ‘Japan Dolphin Day’ protests outside Japanese embassies in cities such as Buenos Aires, London, and Phoenix, and call for an end to this ongoing slaughter.
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.
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:
The international ‘hacktivist’ group, Anonymous, which targets the internet sites of governments and other organisations, has attacked and briefly shut down the Japanese government website for Wakayama Prefecture, where Taiji Cove is located – the site of the brutal dolphin drive hunts. Taiji is now infamous for these hunts, where local fisherman round up dolphins and then slaughter them for food in the most horrific way. Those not killed are taken from their family groups and sold to marine theme parks for large sums of money.