Make Zoos and Aquariums Clean Up Their Acts

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) professes to be against the Japanese drive slaughter of dolphins. And they claim to care about dolphins around the world But the facts tell a different story. WAZA has members like JAZA (the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums) with participating members like the Taiji whale museum. The Taiji Whale Museum sponsors the drive capture and killing of dolphins, and even serves dolphin meat to patrons of the museum. And WAZA has done nothing to police its own members.

Click HERE to sign a petition urging the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to expel all facilities that provide direct or indirect support for the drive capture of dolphins.

Write a letter to WAZA:

Dr. Gerald Dick, Executive Director
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
IUCN Conservation Centre
Rue Mauverney 28
CH-1196 Gland

Fax: +41 (0)22 999 07 91

Ask WAZA to take action to expel member aquariums that buy dolphins caught in association with the drive fisheries in Taiji, Japan, and any other such location. The Taiji Whale Museum, for example, is a member of the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which is the association member of WAZA.


Dear Dr. Dick:

I am asking you to take action against those member aquariums of WAZA that continue to purchase dolphins and small whales that are caught by the dolphin-killing fishermen of Taiji, Japan. These aquariums should be expelled from WAZA, including member groups of JAZA, the regional association member of WAZA. In these barbaric hunts, hundreds of dolphins are ruthlessly slaughtered each year. Yes, aquariums and dolphin brokers actually HELP the dolphin killers in their work, picking only a few for captivity. The rest of the dolphins’ families are killed for meat that is poisonous and should not be consumed by anyone, yet the aquariums pay the fishermen high prices for the live dolphins, far more than the dolphins are worth for meat. The result is WAZA and the world aquarium industry subsidizes the killing of dolphins in Taiji. Please take steps now to end the hunts.


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