May 21 could mark the beginning of the end for the dolphin slaughter in Taiji.
Within a week, the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) must decide if they wish to remain a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) or instead to continue to do business with the barbaric dolphin slayers of Taiji.
The deadline for this decision is May 21.
If the 152 Japanese members of JAZA vote to keep doing business with Taiji they will be effectively isolated from the entire international community of zoos and aquariums.
Of these 152 members of JAZA, 30 aquariums are holding and displaying 250 dolphins. The Japanese Aquariums purchase an average of 20 dolphins each year at prices between $150,000 and $250,000.
If they vote to remain in WAZA they will need to cancel all further purchases of dolphins and that may well be the end of the horrific annual massacre of dolphins.
A spokesperson for JAZA said the Japanese organization is both shocked and bewildered by this suspension.
JAZA Secretary-General Naonori Okada said: