I'm in Switzerland, getting ready for a major demonstration and critical meeting tomorrow. On Friday, March 28th, we've invited hundreds of European activists to join us in a demonstration against the bloody Taiji dolphin hunts. But our target isn't Japan – it's the people who claim to love dolphins, the captivity industry's trade association: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). I'm scheduled to meet with the Executive Director of WAZA, Dr. Gerald Dick, and his lawyer. Why his lawyer? Don't ask me. Accompanying me will be Sakae Hemmi, head of the Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan, a long-time critic of the dolphin hunts in Japan.
The meeting and demonstration is being organized by Save Blood Dolphins, Champions for Cetaceans, I Love Dolphins, and OceanCare. OceanCare and Cetacean Society International are hosting Sakae Hemmi all the way from Japan. My hat is off to these groups for their support for the dolphins of Japan.
WAZA gives lip service to being interested in stopping the hunts. They have issued a statement and a Code of Ethics urging aquariums not to get live dolphins from the Taiji hunts. But that is all. And many members of WAZA, which includes the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), are blatantly ignoring the Code and sourcing dolphins from the Taiji dolphin slaughter. The notorious Taiji Whale Museum, which brokers the live dolphin trade for the dolphin hunters of Taiji, is a member of JAZA, as are many aquariums that buy dolphins from the Taiji hunts.