Petition Closed
Petitioning President, The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Dr. Jorg Junhold and 1 other
This petition will be delivered to:
President, The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Dr. Jorg Junhold
President, The International Marine Mammal Trainers' Association
Shelley Wood

WAZA & IMATA: $top $upporting the dolphin $laughter in Taiji

On December 12, 2012, in Taiji, Japan, a very large pod of bottlenose dolphins were hunted and trapped in The Cove. It is expected that on December 13, 2012, trainers will make their selections for those dolphins that they believe will perform well in the aquarium or marine park industry. The remainder of the pod could be slaughtered for sale per pound as so much "meat on the hoof."

If WAZA stands behind the claims to be committed to the conservation and appreciation of dolphins, the organization and its members cannot at the same time accept dolphins from any hunt in which dolphins were slaughtered. If it does, this would then require a retraction of any statement that WAZA was committed to the welfare of dolphins. WAZA cannot have it both ways.

 


Letter to
President, The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Dr. Jorg Junhold
President, The International Marine Mammal Trainers' Association Shelley Wood
$top $upporting the dolphin $laughter in Taiji

DO NOT PURCHASE, CONTRACT FOR, OR ACCEPT ANY DOLPHINS FROM ANY HUNT IN WHICH ANY DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN INTENTIONALLY KILLED.

As you may be aware, on December 12, 2012, in Taiji, Japan, a very large pod of bottlenose dolphins were hunted and trapped in The Cove. It is expected that on December 13, 2012, trainers will make their selections for those dolphins that they believe will perform well in the aquarium or marine park industry. The remainder of the pod could be slaughtered for sale per pound as so much "meat on the hoof."

If WAZA stands behind its claims to be committed to the conservation and appreciation of dolphins, it cannot at the same time accept dolphins from any hunt in which dolphins were slaughtered. If it does, this would then require a retraction of any statement that WAZA was committed to the welfare of dolphins. WAZA cannot have it both ways. WAZA can either:
1. Stop purchasing, contracting for or accepting any live dolphin from the Taiji Drive "Fishery" so long as any dolphins are killed instead of being released in and into the same pods in which they were hunted within 24-36 hours after the first netting off into the initial enclosure; OR
2. Continue purchasing, contracting for and accepting dolphins from the Taiji Drive "Fishery" when any dolphins are killed AND formally retract any statement that it is committed to the conservation and welfare of dolphins, AND release the following statement: "WAZA withdraws its previous mission to be a catalyst for the joint conservation action of the worldwide community of zoos and aquariums, and is hereby revising its Mission to read, 'WAZA is the voice of a worldwide community of zoos and aquariums and a major contributor to the inhumane Taiji Drive "Fishery" where dolphins are hunted, trapped, killed and captured for profit.'"

But WAZA cannot continue to accept dolphins caught in the Taiji Drive "Fishery" and expect the public to believe that WAZA is concerned for the welfare of dolphins. Please contact the Administration team at Save Misty the Dolphin - https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin - at once with a response, so that we will know how to advise the public regarding any decisions WAZA makes about the large pod of dolphins now held in The Cove, Taiji, Japan. Further, waste no time in making this decision and contacting us, because at this moment the lives of the members of this large pod are at stake and any delay by WAZA may result in the preventable deaths of these sentient, self-aware beings.