The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums recently banned the buying and selling of dolphins from the Taiji hunt, after years of intense pressure from Sea Shepherd and other animal rights activists. The organization finally voted for the measure last week under threat of expulsion from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Taiji mayor Kazutaka Sangen has countered with a plan to set up a new association for those aquariums still wanting to acquire dolphins from the hunt.
The Japanese word “henkaku” translates into English as revolution, transformation or metamorphosis. Below, a montage of images from Sea Shepherd’s powerful video for the recruitment of volunteers as Cove Guardians.