Japanese zoos, aquariums vote to stop dolphin hunt

Spectators watch as a dolphin takes part in a performance at Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo on August 11, 2014Japan's zoos and aquariums voted Wednesday to stop using dolphins caught by the controversial "drive hunt" method in Taiji, allowing them to remain part of a global body that had suspended the country's chapter over the issue. The vote was prompted by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (WAZA) suspension of the Japanese chapter (JAZA) last month, saying it had refused to stop taking dolphins caught in the southern Japanese whaling town. Taiji came to worldwide attention after the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" showed pods of the animals forced into a bay and butchered with knives, in a mass killing that turned the water red with blood.

May 21, 2015 10:52 am

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