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Japan's aquariums agree to stop purchasing hunted dolphins

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TOKYO, May 20 (UPI) -- Japan's aquariums have agreed to stop purchasing live dolphins from the Japanese town of Taiji, notorious for its annual slaughter of hundreds of cetaceans.

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or JAZA, said Wednesday it would no longer take in dolphins hunted through controversial means. The Guardian reported the decision came as JAZA members were threatened with expulsion from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Kyodo News reported the majority of the 89 zoos and 63 aquariums in JAZA agreed to stop acquiring the dolphins – but leaves the aquariums with the challenge of sourcing dolphins from another location.



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