The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) has bowed to international pressure and agreed to stop buying dolphins captured in the province of Taiji, a place now infamous for its horrid dolphin cull.
The vote was a result of an ultimatum imposed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza), in which Jaza could either boycott Taiji’s market or stop being a part of the largest zoo and aquarium association in the world. Breaking from Waza would limit Japan’s zoos and aquariums’ access to acquiring other new and exotic species so on Wednesday, a majority of its members voted for a ban on buying any more of Taiji’s dolphins.
“We are absolutely delighted to hear Japan’s peak zoo body has voted to uphold international animal welfare standards and stop purchasing Taiji dolphins,” stated Sarah Lucas, the chief executive of the group Australia for Dolphins, which initially…
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