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AZA Statement Regarding JAZA's Commitment to End Practice of Acquiring Dolphins From Taiji

Silver Spring, MD – Today it was announced by the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) that its members would no longer acquire dolphins from Taiji. Following this announcement, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) issued the following statement:

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was very supportive of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (WAZA) decision to suspend the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) over the practice of collecting dolphins from Taiji. Zoos and aquariums accredited by the AZA are experts in animal care, wildlife conservation and educating the public about wildlife issues. The AZA strongly believes that the killing of dolphins and whales in drive fisheries is inhumane and should be terminated immediately. We applaud the decision by the members of JAZA to stop acquiring dolphins for their aquariums from Taiji.”

In 2004, the AZA Board of Directors adopted a policy which supports the termination of drive fisheries. Additional information can be found at

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), of which AZA is a member, statement regarding the JAZA decision can be read online at

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit

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