This could be the beginning of the end of the world's largest dolphin hunt, which claims the lives of thousands of animals each year.
Dolphins caught in the infamous dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, will no longer be purchased by the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), a press release announced Wednesday. Selling surviving captured dolphins into captivity, which can bring in up to $100,000 an animal, is a major motivation for the hunt.
"We are absolutely delighted to hear Japan's peak zoo body has voted to uphold international animal welfare standards and stop purchasing Taiji dolphins," said CEO of Australia for Dolphins Sarah Lucas in a release provided to The Dodo. "This momentous decision marks the beginning of the end for dolphin hunting in Japan."