Additionally, says Candace Crespi of the Oceanic Preservation Society, the global tide needs to turn against the capture of dolphins and other cetaceans for display at aquariums or theme parks. "The Taiji dolphin slaughters are fueled by the profits made supplying dolphins to aquariums and ‘swim-with' programs," Crespi told The Dodo. "The easiest thing to do to make a difference for the dolphins is to go see them in their natural habitat."
According to Crespi and Futori, ending the Japanese dolphin hunts comes down to changing attitudes. That change can come not necessarily from international pressure, but from a lack of it -- from reducing the demand for captive dolphins. Decreased demand can decrease the number of pods that are split up by small cetacean fishing. And as for reducing the demand for dolphin meat in Japan, Futori says a logical approach might work.
"Few Japanese have ever eaten dolphins, and the tradition of drive hunting continues only in a Taiji, which is a small local village," he said. "Many Japanese will not suffer actual damage or loss without the drive hunts, and there will not be any criticism against the government even if the fishing is prohibited. And although I think the Japanese people are becoming more confident in themselves against foreign pressure and criticism," Futori concluded, "the Japanese have a tendency to accept opinions from overseas -- reasonable opinions, that is."