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Taiji hunt continuesActivists protest against the annual slaughter in front of the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles in February 2014 | Credit: betto rodrigues / Shutterstock.com

Japanese Fishermen Vow To Continue Dolphin Hunt

Japanese fishermen have vowed to continue the controversial Taiji dolphin hunts in the small town of Taiji

'We will never stop it,' Yoshifumi Kai, from a fisherman's cooperative in the town of Taiji, told reporters at a press conference.

Local fishermen claim that they had not broken any rules and will continue to pass on their traditions to future generations. 

The press conference came a week after the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums voted to stop buying dolphins captured during the infamous drive hunts.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) had suspended the Japanese organisation's membership, ordering them to cut all ties with the Taiji hunts which first were exposed in the 2009 award-winning documentary The Cove.

The JAZA members voted 99 to 43 to remain a WAZA member and announced not to purchase any dolphin captured during the annual slaughter. 

'JAZA will prohibit its members to acquire wild dolphins caught by drive fishing in Taiji and to take part in their export and sale,' the group’s chairman, Kazutoshi Arai, said at a news conference.

Whether the ban will be extended to other drive hunts in the country is unclear.

The Japanese organisation oversees 37 of the 54 aquariums that house dolphins. 

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