Zoos and aquariums value their WAZA membership, and they want to keep it. This is especially true for JAZA. We know that JAZA is protective of its global reputation, and wants to avoid criticism or expulsion by WAZA.
WAZA could use its position of influence to require its members, including JAZA, to stop purchasing Taiji dolphins in violation of the WAZA Code of Ethics, and it could expel those who don't comply. But it doesn't.
In addition to the issue of Taiji, there are multiple instances of sub-standard WAZA zoos mistreating and abusing animals in violation of WAZA's Code of Ethics. Many of WAZA's institutional members are notorious for committing shocking acts of animal abuse, such as the beating of elephants at Mysore Zoo, the euthanizing of perfectly healthy animals at Magdeburg Zoo and Copenhagen Zoo, and the exploitation of orcas such as Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando, made famous in the documentary "Blackfish." WAZA takes no public action to admonish these members.
WAZA's complicit endorsement of bad zoos and aquariums sets the benchmark for animal captivity very low, and takes away the incentive for "good" zoos and aquariums to improve the standards for animals in captivity.
If successful, the #ShameWAZA campaign will have implications that reach beyond stopping WAZA members from purchasing drive hunt dolphins. It will create a precedent for WAZA to enact and enforce their animal welfare Code of Ethics, which will benefit thousands of captive animals all around the world.
To learn more, or to take part in the campaign, simply sign the petition, and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #ShameWAZA.
The #ShameWAZA campaign is being led Australia for Dolphins. AFD is working towards legal protection for small cetaceans (dolphins and other small whales). The organization's primary goal is to bring an end to the inhumane hunts which kill tens of thousands of small cetaceans annually. To learn more, please visit www.afd.org.au.