World top zoo organization taken to court over dolphin hunt

The world’s top zoo organization is being taken to Swiss court by conservationists for its alleged role in the infamous dolphin hunts of Taiji, Japan. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is being accused of misleading conduct over its stance on the hunts, allegedlyhelping secure captured dolphins for one of its members despite publicly condemning the practice as ‘inherently cruel’.

It is alleged that the organization sanctioned a deal between the dolphin hunters and the Japanese association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) that allows for the herding of dolphins to shallow waters for capture.

WAZA has previously said that the dolphin hunts, made infamous by the documentary The Cove, were part of an ancient Japanese tradition dating back centuries. However, wildlife campaigners insist that the large-scale hunts only began in the late 60s and are mainly motivated by a desire to capture and exhibit dolphins.