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ALLIANCE COMMENDS JAPANESE AQUARIUM DECISION ON DRIVE FISHERIES; OFFERS HELP TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY, GENETICALLY DIVERSE POPULATION OF ANIMALS

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums commends members of the Japanese Association of Zoos & Aquariums (JAZA) on their decision to no longer take animals from the drive fisheries and pledges assistance to those institutions that want to work collaboratively to sustain their marine mammal programs through husbandry and breeding best practices.

“We applaud the decision by JAZA members to stop obtaining dolphins from drive fisheries and offer our assistance to our colleagues at Japanese aquariums to help them ensure a healthy, genetically diverse population of animals so that at some point in the future there is minimal if any need to collect dolphins from the wild at all,” said Kathleen Dezio, Alliance executive director. 

The Alliance has opposed the acquisition of dolphins from drive fisheries for many years and prohibits facilities from joining the association if they collected dolphins from this source.   No dolphins have been collected from the wild for the purposes of public display in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits the import of dolphins taken in an inhumane manner.

The Alliance is an international association and accrediting body representing 64 marine life parks, aquariums, zoos, research facilities, and professional organizations dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study, and wildlife presentations.  Alliance member facilities collectively represent the largest body of marine mammal expertise and experience in the world.

Alliance standards optimize the physical health of and environmental conditions for marine mammals in human care and maximize their educational and scientific value.  Animals in Alliance-accredited facilities receive high-quality, nutritious food and routine and preventative veterinary care supervised by licensed professionals.  They exercise and play in ways that are mentally and physically beneficial, and many voluntarily engage in training done through positive reinforcement methods based on mutual respect.  This training engages and stimulates the animals and also enables them to participate in their own care.  These standards are based on the expertise and experience of thousands of veterinarians, trainers, animal care experts who work in or with marine mammal parks and aquariums throughout the world and are recognized as the most comprehensive and stringent in the world.

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Emily Zaideman
May 20, 2015
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