Taiji, Japan‘s brutal annual dolphin hunt became public knowledge upon the release of the documentary The Cove. New information has surfaced that indicates the world’s top zoo organization, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), has a link to the killings, which were ended after the 2009 film exposed the cruel practice. In Swiss court, WAZA defends the actions that effectively sanctioned one of their member organizations, Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), to hunt and slaughter dolphins en masse as part of a “dolphin management protocol.” The court proceedings will hopefully determine the level of involvement WAZA had in the killings and who holds the ultimate responsibility for the inhumane slaughter.

Via The Guardian

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