Dear Sakae Hemmi,
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) strongly condemns the Taiji dolphin drive hunt that is inhumane and leads to the death of many dolphins. While the Taiji drive fisheries do not involve any WAZA institutional members, the Association is deeply concerned about this practice and is taking all action possible to help stop it. Contrary to certain media reports, the Taiji Whale Museum is not and never has been a WAZA member. Like other NGOs, neither WAZA nor its institutional members have any authority or jurisdiction over the drives; however, WAZA will continue to be an active and vocal partner in the global effort to end this unacceptable practice. WAZA and its members are deeply committed to the care and welfare of all wildlife globally.
Gerald Dick, PhD, MAS
WAZA Executive Office
IUCN Conservation Centre | Rue Mauverney 28 | CH-1196 Gland | Switzerland