Stop the Import of Dolphins from Japan to Russia

Stop the Import of Dolphins from Japan to Russia

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President of Russian Federation - Vladimir Putin and

Why this petition matters

Started by Save Dolphins

Dolphins are the most intelligent and amazing creatures. Dolphins have won the hearts of millions of people globally. They astound us with their intelligence and capabilities.  Almost everyone wants to see dolphins, and it is this desire in many cases that brings tremendous suffering to the dolphins themselves. 

For many people the only opportunity, in their opinion, to see dolphins is a trip to a dolphin show. At first glance, dolphinariums looks like paradise, with cheerful music and happy, always smiling dolphins. But it is this smile that is a terrible illusion. To see through the smoke and mirrors, you just need to ask yourself one question: "How do dolphins get to these facilities?"

 “On January 27 2016 a cargo aircraft ‘IL-76’ arrived into Moscow Airport Vnukovo from Japan carrying 14 dolphins and 2 pilot whales for placement in the Center for Oceanography and Marine Biology "Moskvarium", located on the territory of the Exhibition Center - Office of the Federal service for veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the city of Moscow.” The Moscow and Tula region reported on the official website ( )

These 16 dolphins came from the infamous Taiji cove, which came into the spotlight after the 2009 release of “The Cove” documentary. Many people have heard about killing of dolphins in Japan but not many of them are aware that these same people are capturing and selling dolphins to captive facilities all over the world. Not many people realize that the profit of the sale of live dolphins to dolphin shows literally drives the bloody annual slaughter. 

On April 22, 2015 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Council voted unanimously to suspend the membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA). The decision came after WAZA and JAZA could not reach an agreement on issues involving JAZA member zoos and aquariums taking dolphins from the horrific Japanese drive fishery. 

In the statement WAZA noted that membership obligates all members to observe the WAZA Code of Ethics, which requires all members to adhere to policies that prohibit participating in cruel and non-selective methods of taking animals from the wild. Read more:(

On May 20 2015 JAZA announced that it would ban its members from buying dolphins caught from Taiji waters. JAZA reached the decision by the results of the vote among all members. Of the 142 valid votes, 99 voted in favor of staying in the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums by stopping the purchase of dolphins from Taiji.( )

These decisions by WAZA and JAZA actually mean public recognition of the fact that the purchase of dolphins from Taiji cove implies direct involvement in a brutal drive hunt. Many elderly, sick and juvenile dolphins die during the drive unable to endure all the stress caused. 

None of dolphinariums in Russia are members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), thus they are free to continue buying dolphins from Taiji’s bloody cove and thereby subsidize the annual hunt.

Caring and compassionate people from all around the world and all walks of life have been fighting to cease the killing and capture of dolphins in Japan for many years. The key in the prevention of the annual slaughter of dolphins is to prohibit their distribution from Japan. The profit from the sale of dolphins to dolphin shows is a major financial component of the hunt.

The price of a trained dolphin could reach up to $150,000 dollars, while that of a dead dolphin is worth only $500. Russia is one of the countries that contribute financially to the annual killing of dolphins. Along with Russia are countries such as China, Ukraine, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Mexico. All these countries are buying dolphins from Japan, and they are all playing a major part in this terrible bloody business.

Should dolphins have to pay such a deadly price for the entertainment of people? Is our society happy to be a part of the brutal murder of all our precious dolphins?

We demand to ban the import of dolphins from Japan to Russia completely. Our country should not be involved in the financing of a brutal massacre of dolphins.

More information about Japan dolphin hunt and how you can help: 


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