Very disappointing news has emerged stating that Primorsky Oceanarium, in Russia, has a contract to purchase dolphins from Taiji, Japan. The import of at least 12 dolphins is to be expected just in this month.
The following has been translated from Russian to English:
“According to the data of the coastal zoo-defender Nina Zyryanova, the leadership of the Primorsky Oceanarium signed a contract for the purchase of 12 bottlenose dolphins - they should be delivered in February from the bloody cove of Taiji.
According to Oleg Merezhkin, assistant to the director of the Primorsky Oceanarium for contract work, RIA VladNews, at present the issue with the delivery of bottlenose dolphins in 2018 has not been finally resolved. He assures that before the delivery of dolphins, as well as any other animals, a large preparatory work is carried out in the Primorsky Oceanarium: the specialists go to the supplier several times - first to select the animals, then to check how they pass the quarantine and to accompany them."
For those of you unfamiliar with what happens to dolphins in Taiji, here is a brief explanation: Each year, Japanese fishermen capture hundreds, even thousands, of wild dolphins. This is done by chasing them with boats, and hitting metal poles with hammers to create a wall of sound that traps and frightens the dolphins. As the dolphins panic, they lose their sense of navigation and the fishermen drive them into a small cove. This process can often take several hours, ultimately exhausting the dolphins. The dolphins are either left overnight or slaughtered in the same day. Fishermen force the dolphins into shallow water and select which dolphins are to be sent to confined, captive facilities, while the others are slaughtered and sold for their meat.
Caption: @set_seaworld_orcas_free and information from Ceta Base
Images 2-7 from @dolphin_project